I doubt Reese Witherspoon had her toenails fall off during the filming of Wild the movie, but Cheryl Strayed’s (the woman Reese Witherspoon portrayed) black toenails did come off in real life!

What Causes Black Toenails?

One cause of black toenails is: Bruising under the nail

When Cheryl was hiking her boots were too tight. The rubbing from the boots caused blood blisters to form under her toenails causing black toenails. This is known as a subungual hematoma. This can be caused by repeated trauma:  One example would be a runner whose sneakers are too tight or too short. The jamming of the toes into the sneakers causes the blood blisters underneath the nail.  Another example of bruising under the nail would be if you had something fall on your toe causing a blood blister under the nail. With these types of injury you could just have your nail loosen or turn dark and fall off with without any pain.

When Do I Need To See The Doctor?

  • When you have blood pooling under the nail that leads to pain (unbroken blood blister under your nail)
  • If you smell a foul odor or see drainage coming out of your toe (this should be taken care of right away)
  • If your toe is swollen and black and blue not just your nail (this could be a fracture)

Other causes of black toenails:

  • A fungal  infection A fungal infection can cause a nail to turn black.  Just like the black mold that you see in your bathroom a fungus can grow on your toenails and make them turn black.
  • Cancer of the nail bed can cause a nail to turn black. Melanoma under the toenail looks like a fungal toenail but is deadly and needs to be checked.Although this isn’t the most common of the three it is the most serious.

 When should I call the doctor for black toenails?

  • If you see a streak or spot on the nail that is not skin color
  • If you see  a streak spots under the nail, where there was no injury before, with direct bleeding or oozing of fluid
  • If you see a dark spot that seems to be growing in size
  • If you see a dark spot on the nail that has not healed in over 2 months

No matter what the reason is for a discolored black toenail we are here to help. Dr. Schlam will access the nail and clearly explain the type of treatment plan that is tailored to you.  To schedule an appointment you can click here or call us at (845) 298-9074. By David Schlam

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

bob 5 star review

GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

jordan 5 star review

I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

- Valerie G.

john 5 star review

Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

irene 5 star review

Wonderful staff (warm and inviting). Clean office. Dr. G is knowledgeable and listened to me. He knew 3 ways to help my situation and I know that I will feel better under his care and instructions. I recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists!

- S.G.

5 star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Hollowbrook Foot Specialists. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

google 5 star review
yelp 5 star review
facebook 5 star review

Is Hollowbrook Foot Specialists Right For You?

Answer These Questions To Find Out Now

hollowbrook white logo
click for directions

Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

hollowbrook foot specialist office
white logo footer hollowbrook
Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday: By appointment only

hollowbrook podiatry
american college of foot and ankle surgeon
podiatric medicine association
aapsm footer logo
apma logo

We Serve ALL The Following Cities & Their Surrounding Areas ...

Wappingers Falls, NY   |   Poughkeepsie, NY   |   Hopewell Junction, NY   |   Fishkill, NY   |   Beacon, NY

© 2019 - Hollowbrook Foot Specialists
Designed by JimmyMarketing.com