If you already have a black toenail from injury (either repetitive impacts or a single crush), your toenail will probably show itself out after a couple of days. After that, a new toenail will slowly grow out and into its place. Some black toenails do not need any additional medical treatment, although if you’re concerned or if you notice any signs of pain, infection (fever, chills, odor, discharge, etc.), or failure to improve, you should seek assistance from a podiatrist.
If you’ve struggled with black toenails in the past and are sick of dealing with them, the best thing you can do is keep your toenails trimmed and make sure you wear good fitting running or athletic shoes that give toes space to move but are snug enough in the midfoot and heel to prevent your feet from sliding around.
For help evaluating or treating a black toenail, contact the experts at Carolina Podiatry Group. Request an appointment online, or give us a call at 888-569-9559.