Toenail Pain [Toenail Fungus, Ingrown Toenails, Discolored Toenails]
Inflamed and Swollen Nail Bed [Toenail Coming Off or Toenail Fungus?]
Do you have an inflamed nail bed or a swollen nail bed? The #1 cause is repetitive irritation that can lead to toenail fungus. Find out how to FIX IT!
- Red & black toenail pain can be improved with a few simple treatment changes.
- We are foot doctors & we see this problem get better almost every day.
- The goal is to solve this problem without medication or surgery if at all possible.
So, let’s GO!
This gallery shows different types of toenail fungus.
- The most common type is called subungual onychomycosis. This is when the toenail fungus gets underneath the toenail and lifts the nail.
- This can cause damage to the toenail bed, preventing future attachment of the toenail.
- It is also possible to get superficial white onychomycosis. This is the buildup of white superficial fungus on top of the toenail.
- If you just removed your toenail polish, this may not be fungus. It may be something called keratin granulations.
- This may not be fungus if you have white horizontal lines or white horizontal ridges on your toenails.
- It is also possible to get it throughout the entire nail, or the nail is destroyed and is dead.
- The good news is these are all very treatable!
So click on the photos for gallery mode & description!
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Inflamed Nail Bed or Swollen Nail Bed Overview:
- An inflamed nail bed were a swollen nail bed is caused by repetitive irritation.
- This could lead to a red toenail or a black toenail.
- It can also cause your toenail to start lifting up and coming off the top.
- This is very common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet, and it can eventually lead to toenail fungus.
- It is very important to stop the chronic repetition, and cleanup the toenail fungus that has developed!.
- Below we go over our favorite treatment options and products for your inflamed nail bed and swollen nail bed.
- The most common symptoms of an inflamed nail better swollen nail bed include:
- chronic irritation when standing all day.
- Soreness when you go to bed at night.
- Throbbing toes when you get off work or get home at the end of the day.
- Inability to wear shoes comfortably.
- Inability to stand for long periods of time without pain.
- Worsening pain with tighter shoes.
- Worsening pain when standing all day long.
There are three major causes towards the swollen nail bed.
Repetitive micro trauma:
- This is the number one cause of the swollen or inflamed nail bed.
- This occurs in people who are on their feet all day, such as construction workers, nurses and teachers.
- This is also very common in marathon runners and people who jog during the week.
- When you put so much pressure on the front of your foot, usually your longest toes become very sore and and swollen.
- This can lead to chronic thickening of your toenails.
- This can eventually lead to toenail fungus.
- The second most common cause is people who jammer bump their toe.
- The toenail then starts to come off, or fall off.
- Without proper care or treatment, this toenail may grow back inappropriately, this can lead to toenail fungus development.
- Usually there is callous for scar tissue that develops underneath the nail in the nail does not grow back properly.
- This is usually not the primary cause, but it does happen over time from the first two issues.
- If the toenail cannot grow properly, or it continually becomes agitated or inflamed: fungus and bacteria have an opportunity to enter the skin and get underneath the nail.
- If fungus and bacteria grow underneath the meal for long period of time, this can lead to thickened the strophic nail.
1)Correct the pain and chronic irritation:
I can’t tell from the picture but it could be anything:
- Arthritis in the toe(jamming it against the shoe).
- A shorter leg(needing a harder push off).
- Bad shoes(compressing the toe).
- Previous injury that never healed(leading to a short or long toe or joint arthritis).
- Anything that is causing your toe to constantly be irritated!
- This needs to be corrected and prevent your toenail from being further callused under the nail.
2)Sometimes the toenail will not survive:
- The nail may have to be removed and allowed to regrow if it is separated at all from the skin underneath it.
- If it was firmly attached and the color was normal that means its properly attached to non-thick skin underneath it.
- We frequently find that the toenail is loose, even though it is attached at the root.
- This means that there is no blood flow getting to the toe.
- If there is no blood flow getting to the toe, the toe cannot heal. It will continue to get yellow and brown and die.
- We frequently find that there is toenail fungus associated with the loose toenail.
- The best treatment for the loose toenail fungus is to groom and potentially remove the loose toenail.
- At this point it is possible to use creams, soaps and lotions to keep the fungus away.
- It is also important to treat foot fungus in your athlete’s foot to prevent it from spreading across her skin onto the toenail.
- The number one cause of toenails coming off is usually shoes that are too tight while standing.
- If you can correct the type shoes, they will stop rubbing against your toenails.
- This will stop the nails from getting thick, and jamming back into the root.
- The biggest mistake we see is that people for choose properly while they are sitting, and then when they stand their toes function to the front of the shoe.
- At the same time people should measure their shoes every single year.
- We find most people do not measure their shoe size properly leading to problems.
More Resources for Swollen Toenail Bed:
Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) Treatment & Cure Infographic:
Toenail Fungus Home Treatment:
- These are our favorite products to treat toenail fungus at home.
- It is difficult to properly diagnose any health problem such as toenail fungus with 100% certainty. So see your podiatrist and make sure you are not missing anything!
- Also, many of these products are considered beauty products more so than health products. Just be aware that they are not always FDA evaluated or approved in any way.
How to fix toenail fungus:
- There are many different types of toenail damage.
- In our experience, about easily 50% or more is related to toenail fungus.
- The key to toenail fungus is to trim it as much as possible and file that nail down vertically and length-wise.
- If you can do that, you have to make sure you can kill fungus the rest of the way with creams and topical medication.
- The best way to do that is to soak exfoliate the affected toenail skin. So, foot soaks can be a strong anti-fungus solution.
- At the same time, you have to apply anti-fungal medication such as these medications evaluated here or the toenail repair pens.
Recommended foot fungus products:
- It is also vital to fix your foot fungus.
- Athlete’s feet can be beneficial to remove from the foot because if left unchecked, they can quickly spread back to the toenails even if they are fixed.
- Even if you cure your toenail fungus, keep your toenails trimmed in healthy: your foot fungus can spread back into toenails.
- So make sure you treat your foot fungus, as well as your toenail fungus.
Best Toenail Fungus Clippers & Files:
- You have to be careful using at home, and definitely be safe and don’t use these if you have dangerous health conditions.
- It is important to see a podiatrist for foot evaluation and care if you have continued health care issues or problems with your feet.
- These are some great value heavy-duty clippers and sets.
- The key is to cut straight across and file the nail down from the top to keep it from impinging in the corners.
- It is also important to make sure all dead, dry skin is removed surrounding the foot.
- This is where you should really see your podiatrist if you have any concerns or are worried about cutting or hurting yourself.
- This is something covered, so don’t take chances with your health!
Best Toenail Fungus Polish and Remover:
- There is some great toenail fungus polish options and polish removal options.
- There are no acetone-based toenail polish removers, they don’t dry as quickly, but they are less like a dehydrator toenail.
- This also applies to your fingernails and hands.
- The benefits of using these non-toxic toenail polishes are that they are filled with non-fungal options such as tea tree oil, preventing toenail fungus.
- These can also work well for the fingernails.
- So great combo is to use one of these healthier toenail paint options, as well as a non-acetone-based toenail polish remover.
Best Shoes For Toenail Injuries:
- The key to prevent toenail ripping and lifting is to have good supportive shoes.
- If you have a good supportive shoe that keeps pressure off your toes in your toenails, there will be no lifting and cracking to allow bacteria and fungus to get in.
- This almost seems counter-intuitive, but when people make a switch to perfect supportive shoes that fit properly, their toenail problems almost always get better over the next few months or a year.
- Your current nail is already likely destroyed, especially with joggers toe, but let the new nail growing healthy without new damage.
- Click the following link for our most recommended shoes. Try to focus on shoes with mesh and room around the big toe and also the smaller toes.
Best Antifungal Moisture Wicking Socks:
- These are some great options for moisture-wicking sucks.
- The more you can wick moisture from your foot, the less chance there is that toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot can survive.
- We tried to focus on budget value stocks that are not too expensive.
- Sure there are better stocks out there, but these are great socks for a great price for most people.
- If you have diabetes, focus on getting yourself some diabetic socks.
Best woman’s antifungal socks:
Best men’s antifungal socks:
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- One of the most common biomechanical causes of toenail problems, bunions, hammertoes, and outside of the foot problems is poorly fitting shoes.
- A well-fitting and proper shoes can sometimes make all the difference in heel pain and overall foot pain.
- If you have too small or too big shoes, this can result in crowding or too much motion and sliding within your shoe.
- This can cause people to walk improperly and put more weight on their knees, hips, and lower back!
- We usually find that people make some of the 10 mistakes that we talk about.
- Watch the below treatment video to make sure that this never happens again!
Toenail Pain [Toenail Fungus, Ingrown Toenails, Discolored Toenails]