Nail Bed Injuries Can Lead to Foot Pain

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Each of your toenails is made up of three parts:

  • The nail plate is the hard toenail itself.

  • The nail matrix is the soft tissue from which the nail forms.

  • The nail bed is the flesh under the nail.

Unfortunately, injuries to the nail bed are common and painful. Common causes of nail bed injuries include dropping something on your foot, severe toe stubs, car accidents, and sports-related incidents.

Symptoms of nail bed injuries include pain, swelling, and bruising. Severe injuries can result in damage to the nail or even a complete loss of the nail. Skin may be torn, resulting in bleeding. Fractures of the bones in the toe or nearby areas of the foot are possible.

If you think you have sustained a nail bed injury, don’t pick or pull at the damaged nail. Gently wash the area, wrap it in a bandage, and schedule an appointment with your foot doctor as soon as possible. With years of specialized training and experience, your board-certified podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to help you.

Diagnosis will likely begin with a thorough examination and may include imaging tests such as x-rays. Treatment may include prescription or over-the-counter medications for pain and swelling as well as antibiotics if there’s been damage to the skin. Sutures (stitches) might be necessary if you’ve been badly cut. Taping, splinting, or casting may be used if bones are broken, and you might need to use crutches for a while if walking is uncomfortable.

If you’re worried about a possible nail bed injury, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein can help. Make an appointment for a visit to Hartford Podiatry Group’s Hartford or Rocky Hill offices today. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.