Why Are My Toenails Black?

The natural color of toenails is a soft transparent white. However, you can see changes in color from white or yellow to black due to a variety of causes, including trauma, hematoma and fungal infections among many others. Black toenails are characterized by bruising or bleeding under the nail.

Black toenails are especially common among athletes and runners, especially those that undergo rigorous training.

Causes for Black Toenails

These aren’t the only potential causes of black toenails. Some people also develop black toenails as a result of skin cancer or changes in skin tone, both of which will differ in appearance from the causes described above.

Houston podiatrist Gabriel Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, specializes in treatment of the foot and ankle, including disorders affecting the toenail, such as ingrown toenails, nail fungus and crush injuries. Please call (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maislos.We accept most forms of major medical insurance.

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