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Why Are My Toenails Thick And Yellow

By Dr. Christopher Milkie of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI

With winter dredging on and on, and big snow falls happening around the country, it is hard to stop thinking about one thing; sandals. When it is cold outside, it’s nice to daydream about the possibility that one day, hopefully soon, we will be able to go out in shorts and sandals. But then it hits you … you remember your thick, discolored toenails, and you fear that day may never come. No matter how warm it gets, your anxiety of someone seeing your unsightly nails keeps your feet covered. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to stop worrying… we can help!

Unhealthy toenails can be caused by many things. Repeated trauma to a toe from sports like soccer can cause a nail to thicken. Fungal nails or “Onychomycosis”, as discussed in our past two blogs, can cause thick and yellow nails. Even long-term skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis will cause nails to become discolored and thickened. Lastly, thick nails may be a sign of poor circulation from other causes, like diabetes. In any case, it is important to have your feet checked to know the true cause of your thick nails.

Nail treatments will vary as much as the causes. Of course, your podiatrist will be able to help safely trim and shape your thickened nails, but treatment will not stop there. They will help address the true cause of your nail issue leading to a healthier, happier life. This may be with treatments as simple as topical creams or a few toenail fungus laser treatment visits. If your thick nails are a sign of something else, your podiatrist will help to diagnose any issue, and send you on the correct path to management and recovery.

No matter the cause, if you have thick nails, set up an appointment today. Let us find a treatment plan that is right for you. Hopefully we can find your happy feet and get you on the right track to sandal-wearing before the weather breaks!

From heel pain to toenail fungus, our Milwaukee, WI, New Berlin, WI, Wauwatosa, WI, Mequon, WI and Oak Creek, WI Podiatrists and Foot Surgeons offer exceptional care with extraordinary results.

At Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have the most cutting edge and innovative technology available. By having digital scanning technology for orthotics, digital X-rays, digital diagnostic ultrasound, PRP, shockwave therapy, laser for removal of toenail fungus & more all in office and available in a moments notice allows you to save time and money.

We look forward to helping you!

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, New Berlin and Mequon, Wisconsin (WI) treat all medical and surgical foot and ankle conditions. Licensed Podiatrists, Dr. Steven Waldman, Dr. Christopher Milkie and Dr. Lucy Meier can help bring you foot and ankle pain relief.
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