Black Toenails

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A black, purple, or brownish discoloration under or involving a toenail is frequently due to trauma to the toe nail, such as when something is dropped on the toe. The color results from a blood clot or bleeding under the nail, and may involve the entire nail or just a small portion of it. This can be very painful when the entire nail is involved, and may need medical attention to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding under the toenail.

Although it is very rare, a more serious cause of black toenails is malignant melanoma. Since early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma improves the chances for a good outcome, it is important that all black toenails be evaluated by a qualified foot and ankle surgeon to rule out this cause.

Other rare causes of black toenails include fungal infections, chronic ingrown nails, or health problems affecting the rest of the body.


Our Offices

Boise, ID Podiatrist
Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates

809 N Liberty St
Bosie, ID 83704

Tel: (208) 327-0627
Fax: (208) 376-5258
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Nampa, ID Podiatrist
Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates

2635 Caldwell Blvd. Suite 101
Nampa, ID 83651

Tel: (208) 463-1660
Fax: (208) 461-0120

Meridian, ID Podiatrist
Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates

2947 East Magic View Drive Suite 2
Meridian, ID 83642

Tel: (208) 888-9876
Fax: (208) 887-9975

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Office Hours - Boise Office
Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat - Sun: On-call service
Office Hours - Nampa/Caldwell Office
Mon 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tue-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Office Hours - Meridian Office
Mon & Wed - Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM