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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 19, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: psoriasis   podiatrist   fungus   foot   pain   sports  

One of the worst feelings in the world is when you are peeling off a pair of socks and one of your toenails comes along with it. A toenail that detaches from the nail bed is a common occurrence. Typically, it happens because of an underlying condition or trauma. In less typical situations, chemicals, illness and medications can also cause the nail to become detached. If you lose a toenail, it is important to take the proper precautions while it heals and grows back. It is also important to figure out why it detached in the first place.

First Things First

After your toenail falls off you may be in a bit of a panic. What should I do with my newly-bare nail bed? Here are some tips on how to react before your appointment with your podiatrist:

  • If only part of your toenail has fallen off, don’t try to remove the rest of it – let it be.
  • If part of the detached nail is still barely hanging onto your toe and the rest of the attached part of the nail, get out a pair of sterile nail clippers. Carefully trim off the hanging piece so it does not catch and make the nail worse. If you are uncomfortable doing this, wait to see your podiatrist.
  • Smooth out any jagged edges with a nail file.
  • Clean your toe so there is no debris.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the site where the toenails fell off.
  • Cover the area with a bandage.
  • If your toenail has fallen off and will not stop bleeding, seek immediate medical care.

Why Did It Fall Off?

Injury

One reason your toenail could have fallen off is because of an injury. Car accidents, blunt force trauma, and sports can all damage your toenails.

If you received an injury to the foot and notice that your toenail is black or purple underneath, it could indicate that the nail will fall off. This discoloring is often due to the buildup of blood underneath the nail from an injury. Over time, as pressure increases, the nail may separate from the bed and fall off. If this nail is causing you pain, you should see a podiatrist immediately so that they can relieve the buildup of blood inside the nail.

Fungus

Fungus can grow underneath the toenail. This can cause separation of the nail from the bed. Over time, as it progresses, the nail can fall off. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to treat the fungus before it progresses too far. A podiatrist can help prescribe the right antibiotic to kill the fungus before it leaves you with one fewer toenail.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis can also cause you to lose a toenail. This is because, as the skin cells on the nail bed build up, they cause the nail to detach and eventually it will fall off. If you have symptoms such as pitting, thickening, or discoloration of the toenail, then you may have psoriasis. A foot doctor can determine whether or not you are suffering from this condition.

Losing a toenail is never fun, but a podiatrist can help you heal from the incident. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your detached toenail. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

When you take off your socks and notice that your nails just aren’t as healthy, shiny, and smooth as they used to be, this can sometimes take the wind out of your sails. As we age, partake in new experiences, or experience a trauma, it can affect our toenails. Our toenails are delicate and are easily susceptible to these changes. Sometimes the nails become rigid, brittle, or discolored. It can be very hard to get them back into the tip-top shape that we once enjoyed. Although it can be hard, it is not impossible, especially now that there is Keryflex available from your podiatrist.

Keryflex is a nail restoration system that restores your toenail to its original, natural appearance. This procedure is completely painless and can be conducted during a regular appointment in your podiatrist’s office. Your podiatrist will put a coating of this resin on the nail and begin to reshape the nail that is affected by fungus, trauma or defect.

The resin that is used is made out of nonporous material. It is also flexible so that as the new natural nail grows out, it can do so in a healthy manner. It is also very strong and holds up well. It is not affected by nail polish remover that is acetone based, nor is it affected by nail polish. This makes it an ideal cosmetic improvement because it can still be used in regular activities.

Although Keryflex is a great way to fix damaged nails, it does have its limits. People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, ingrown toenails, or a pigment deficiency should not use Keryflex.  If you have known allergies to any of the ingredients in Keryflex, it is also not advised to use the product.

Keryflex is a great alternative for those who want to have healthy looking nails without the long wait. Healthy, stronger nails are now within reach when you go to your podiatrist’s office. If you suffer from fungus, nail defect or trauma of the nail, you should see a podiatrist right away to treat the problem as well as any underlying causes. After treatment has commenced, then Keryflex may be used.

Considering Keryflex due to a problem with your natural nail? Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can determine if Keryflex is right for you. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   feet   frostbite   footwear   waterproof   fungus  

During the winter, it can sometimes be a challenge to get outdoors and exercise. Although it is not impossible, it is important to take the proper precautions before getting out into the frigid winter weather. Having the proper gear and knowing how to keep your feet dry and warm is key when snowshoeing, hiking, or taking part in any other winter sports. If you neglect the care of your feet in winter, they can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia.

Waterproof or Water-Resistant Shoes and Footwear

If you are going to be hiking in snow, you don't want to wear shoes or boots that can easily allow water and moisture in. Look for footwear marked waterproof or water resistant. In general, shoes that have a rubber coating or a synthetic waterproof coating usually work well to block out moisture. Pair them with dry-fit socks for the best performance possible.

Warm, Waterproof or Layered Socks

In the winter you typically want to wear warmer. If you do not have a lot of warm socks, doubling up your thinner socks can be a great way to keep your feet dry. Also, invest in dry-fit socks as they help wick away extra moisture in a shoe. Excess moisture leads to fungus, frostbite, and blisters.

Boots with Insulation

Unlike a standard boot, winter boots have an extra layer of insulation built into them. Insulated boots are designed to keep your feet dry and warm. Many boots have a tag that references the level of insulation they support. In some of the higher end boots, insulation levels can warm feet in weather conditions as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gaiters

Waterproof or water-resistant gaiters help keep your feet dry by stopping snow and water from getting into your boots and soaking your socks. This is especially important when walking through deep snow. Gaiters work well if you don't want to wear snow pants but need an extra layer to keep your feet and lower legs dry.

It can be very enjoyable to partake in winter activities, but it is imperative that you do so in a safe manner. Protect your feet from the cold and harsh weather and prevent serious injuries and disorders such as frostbite. If you have numb feet, blackening skin or any other signs of frostbite after being out in the cold, wet winter, call  Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will examine your feet and determine whether or not your feet are suffering from different cold weather disorders. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.