If you experience pain or discomfort under your toenail, it may be a sign of subungual exostosis, also known as a bone spur under the toenail. This condition occurs when there is a bony irregularity or prominence beneath the toenail, typically caused by trauma.
Subungual exostosis can cause sharp pain, swelling, or redness around the affected toenail. Wearing tight shoes or performing activities that put pressure on the toe can exacerbate this pain. If you suspect you have a bone spur under your toenail, it is important to see a podiatrist, such as Dr Gilbert Huang DPM, for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
The main treatment for subungual exostosis is surgical removal. This is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. During the surgery, the toenail may need to be partially or completely removed in order to access the bone spur. Once the bone spur is removed, the toenail can be repositioned and allowed to heal.
It is important to note that other small tumors, such as osteochondromas and enchondromas, can also form under the toenail. While these tumors are not as common as subungual exostosis, they can cause similar symptoms and require similar treatment.
Preventing subungual exostosis starts with properly fitting shoes and avoiding activities that put excessive pressure on the toes. It is also important to properly care for the toenails, keeping them trimmed and clean to avoid infection and trauma.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort under your toenail, it is crucial to see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM has years of experience treating conditions like subungual exostosis and can provide individualized care to address your specific needs. Don’t suffer in silence – seek treatment and get back to living your best life without toenail pain!