Your toenails will often go through color changes as you age and these changes can be indicative of nutritional deficiencies, systemic diseases like diabetes, or they can be the result of bacterial or fungal toenail infections.
Many signs of disease can exhibit initially in your hands and feet, so try to pay attention to the condition of your toenails every time you cut them to help notice current abnormalities and to avoid future problems.
Some abnormal changes to your toenails that may indicate health problems include the following:
- Stripes that run across the toenail—The appearance of darker colored stripes across your toenails may be a sign of an aggressive skin cancer that sometimes occurs underneath the nail. The appearance of white stripes can happen in response to having too little protein in the diet or could be a sign of liver disease, among other problems.
- Toenails that have become excessively thick and brittle—When toenails show signs of abnormal thickness and the nail becomes extremely brittle and turns yellowish, it could be indicative of a fungal toenail infection. Chemicals like acetone that is found in nail polish removers can also cause nail texture and color to change.
- Green or black toenails—Toenails that have taken on a green or black hue could be infected or it could be the result of stubbing your toe. Antibiotics can also cause toenails to become more greenish in color.
If you the color and texture of your toenails has got you down, see your podiatrist for optimum assistance. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.