The most likely reason your toenail is turning black is because of blood pooling beneath it due to some type of trauma. Perhaps something heavy fell on your toe or your nail has undergone repetitive stress, such as repeatedly jamming against the front of your running shoe. Typically, the nail will grow out on its own, however, sometimes pressure from the buildup of blood can cause the nail to lift, become infected or painful, fall off, and even emit a foul odor. If this is the case, you should visit Dr. Harvey Danciger to receive treatment. Even if these symptoms do not arise, it is a good idea to have us take a look at your black toenail to rule out the rare possibility of melanoma.
You can reach our Palm Desert, CA office by dialing (760) 568-0108 or by using our online contact form. We’ll be happy to set up an appointment for you, as well as share prevention tips to help you avoid black toenails in the first place!