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Nail Disorder

What Are Nail Disorders?

There are several diseases that affect the nails, which are often the result of a fungal or bacterial infection. This is because fungal infections commonly affect the toenails and sometimes the fingernails as well. Besides that, as a result of exposure to a warm, moist environment, your nails may become thick, brittle, and distorted.

Ingrown toenails are the most common nail disorder. This involves the corners of the nails digging into the surrounding soft tissue, causing irritation and swelling. Some other nail conditions include psoriasis, paronychia, and nail fungus.

What Are The Symptoms of Nail Disorders?

Different nail conditions, whether minor or severe, can be characterized by various symptoms. Here are some of them:

  • Brittle, soft, and splitting nails
  • Thinning or thickening of the nails
  • Curling or clubbing
  • Lesions, pits, and ridges
  • Dark or white streaks
  • Changes in nail color to yellow or brown
  • Swelling and redness around the nails
  • Pain, soreness, and tenderness
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Signs of yellow pus
  • The nail is separating from the bed

How Are Nail Disorders Treated?

Nail diseases and disorders treatment may include oral or topical medications, such as antifungal creams, corticosteroids, and antibiotics. But if there is a severe infection, the nail may need to be removed by your doctor through a surgical procedure. At Thomas Podiatry & Associates, our expert physicians will develop a customized treatment plan that’s best suited to your individual condition.

How To Prevent Nail Disorders

There are many steps you can take to prevent nail disorders from occurring. Some of these include keeping your feet clean, dry, and moisturized daily, clipping your toenails properly—straight across—with nail clippers, and always wearing well-fitting shoes. Besides that, it may also help to avoid biting your nails and pushing back your cuticles, which are your nail’s natural defense against germs. If you do notice anything unusual or feel discomfort around your nails, reach out to our doctors right away.

A podiatrist checking a patient’s toenails | Nail Disorder

To learn more about nail disorders and other podiatrist services, please contact us at Thomas Podiatry & Associates at 410-749-0121410-749-0121 or click here to schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to assist you!