Mass under the Toenail

A Mass under the Toenail can be a bone spur or an osteochondroma if it is very hard. It can also be a wart, a melanoma or another soft tissue cause if soft!


A Hard Mass Under the Toenail:

I’ve seen a toenail a few times where it looks like the nail is being raised and the edges are curving in leading to an ingrown toenail, but what it really was on X-ray was a subungual exostosis or a toe osteochondroma of the big toe joint. This is when a hard cartilage bump forms underneath the nail and pushes up against the toenail in the middle or even at the sides.  Usually osteochondromas are pretty safe but if they start to cause pain and lift the toenail like this it may be a good idea to remove them as they will never go away unless you surgically excise them.


Mass under the Toenail
Mass under the Toenail


The healing time for a toe osteochondroma excision or surgery is pretty quick and in regards to the surgery recovery time you should be up on your feet in now time, and hopefully your ingrown toenail will never come back!

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Osteochondroma in the Toe or Foot


 A Soft Tissue Mass Under the Toenail:

There are also soft tissue masses that can develop under the toenail. It is possible to develop a wart under the border of the toenail. It is also possible to develop a mole that becomes quite large and starts to bleed under the toenail! This is definitely something to watch out for.

Complete Nail Diagnosis and Treatment Guide


Black Mass Under the Toenail in Runners:

If you have just recently started running, wearing new shoes or spending a long time on your feet, you may have a black spot under your toenail. This is usually just bleeding under the toenail and can be addressed through this guide.

Guide to A Black Spot under the Toenail



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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.