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Frequently Asked Questions and Fun Foot Facts

Frequently asked questions and fun foot facts all in one location. The patients in our Grapevine, Texas office love to ask a myriad of questions. We try to answer them all. Sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!

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  • Are Black Toenails Bad?

    Black toenails are common in athlete's, especially runners, and are usually a sign of too much friction to the toenail. This can be due to shoes that are too tight (or loose and your foot is shifting), socks that are too tight, or abnormal stress from hammertoes or curly toes. 

    For more info on black toenails click here

  • What is the painful white stuff in between my 4th and 5th toes?

    It could be a soft corn, called a heloma molle, or it could be fungus. I would have it checked out by one of our podiatrists so you won't end up with a toe or skin inection.

    For more on soft corns, click here

  • Why are my toenails yellow?

    Yellow toenails can be caused by wearing toenail polish for an extended period of time, a vitamin deficiency, or fungus starting to infiltrate your toenails. The best way to figure out why your toenails are yellow is to have a toenail biopsy. It doesn't hurt! Your doctor takes a small clipping of the tonail and sends it for a PAS stain. This simple test will narrow down the causes of your yellow toenail and tell us if you have a fungal infection. Don't delay finding out the cause of your yellow toenails since fungus can spread rather rapidly!

  • Should I try to cut out my ingrown toenail?

    No! Ingrown toenails can get really nasty if you try to do bathroom surgery on them. It is amazing how many people give themselves a nasty infection by trying to shove a dirty nail clipper or cuticle scissor under the nail plate to try and dig out an ingrown. We have special tools that can get it out quickly! Contact us for an appointment before you inflict self harm and risk an infection!

  • What is the Proper Way to Cut Your Toenails?

    Toenails should be cut straight across with toenail cutters then smoothed at the edges with an emory board. Digging too much into the corners can cause an ingrown toenail. Remember to clean your toenail cutters with alcohol every time you cut your toenails!

  • How Can I Prevent Athlete's Foot Fungus?

    Athlete's foot fungus is a common fungal skin infection on your feet. Itchy, scaling moccasin rash with peeling in bewtween the toes is common.

    Tips to prevent athlete's feet:

    • Wash your feet every day with sopa and water. Dry thoroughly, especially in between your toes.
    • In public facilities, always wear flip flops or another kind of bathing shoes.
    • Before putting on shoes, sprinkle your feet with talcum powder.
    • Wear shoes that are light and airy.
    • Frequently change your socks and shoes to help feet stay dry.

    Itchy, peeling feet? Contact us for an appointment.

  • Why is my toenail green?

    A toenail that is green is usually a sign of a bacterial infection of the nail.  Infection usually begins after nail becomes loose creating an environment underneath that is great for bacteria to thrive.  Evaluation by a doctor is important to prevent worsening of infection.

  • What happens if I don’t treat my black toenails caused by trauma/repetitive injury?

    In the case of injury, the nail may eventually just fall off.  However, the nail may grow back thickened or loose.  If trauma is allowed to continue fungal infections can set in.

  • How do I prevent black toenails?

    Trim nails just long enough that the tips can be grabbed by a fingernail.  Wear appropriate sized shoes that give at least a finger width between tip of toe and end of shoe.  Also tighten laces to prevent slippage of feet in shoes.

  • Is it necessary to remove a black toenails?

    Yes, if the bleeding is greater than 50% of the nail, or a direct trauma has caused a fracture of the underlying bone.  If not performed there is a significant risk for bone infection which can lead loss of affected toe.