Monday, February 18, 2013

Blood under a toenail

If blood or a bruise develops under a toenail, it is important to get the condition checked out by a foot doctor. Usually, dropping something on the toe, hitting the toe, running (especially marathon runners), or shoegear can cause this condition, also called a subungual hematoma. The blood under the nail will slowly grow out as the nail grows out, over 9-12 months. Nails may loosen or fall off as the growth continues. It is important to make sure that there are no additional injuries other than the blood under the nail, such as a broken toe or ingrown/infected nail. Further, if the blood is not growing out with the nail (staying in one spot and not improving), it is necessary to get it checked out by a podiatrist. Keep your feet happy and healthy...See your foot doctor!! Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580