Sue Ferguson
Chiropodist and Podiatrist in Tenterden, Kent
Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic
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Bruised Toenail
What does a bruised toenail look like

 

Bruised toenail
Bruised toenail

Bruised toenail - close up
Bruised toenail - close up

Bruised toenail
Bruised toenail - close up
2 months later
What does a bruised toenail look like
Bruised toenail - close up
3 months later
Bruised toenail
Bruised toenail - close up. 4 months later
The old loose nail has been carefully removed


Bruised Toenail

If a toenail suffers trauma, blood and fluid can build up underneath and a blue/brown/black mark (bruise) can appear. The mark gradually grows up with the nail. Occasionally as in the photo above a new toenail starts to grow.

 

Causes of Bruised Toenails

Trauma
Trauma from repetitive activities such as hiking (especially long periods of downhill walking) and running.

Injury
Any accidental injury such as dropping something on your foot or stubbing your foot against a hard surface.

Ill-fitting Footwear
Wearing shoes that are too tight, too short or which don't fit properly.

Long Toenails
If a toenail is too long

 

Treatment

Generally no treatment is required for a bruised toenail, only time and patience for the bruise to grow out.

However if the bruise is severe a small drain hole can be drilled to drain some of the fluid away and relieve the pressure. In extreme cases the removal of the toenail with local anaesthetic is the only option. A new toenail will eventually grow.

   
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Sue Ferguson, BSc (Hons), MChS
Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic
2 St Benets Court
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6QS
United Kingdom
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Date last updated: 4 February, 2015