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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Toenail Trouble | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Toenail Trouble
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Toenail Trouble | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Now that it’s sandal weather and toenails are on display, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists are seeing an increase in patients with toenail problems.  In many cases, a toenail disorder does not cause any pain and so, even though it may not look very attractive, patients put off seeking treatment. Below are some common toenail symptoms and what might be causing them:

White spots or lines—there are several possible causes for this:

  • Injury: a trauma to the toe, such as dropping a heavy object on it, may not break any blood vessels but still is serious enough to cause visible damage in the form of a white spot. Over time the spot will grow out as the nail grows.
  • Recurring trauma: repeated force on the toe (such as hitting the front of your shoe if you are a runner) can result in white lines in the nail.
  • Medical illness in the body.
  • Fungal infection in the top layer of the nail.


Black nail—most often a black toenail indicates bleeding under the nail. This can happen with repeated pounding of the toe (usually in athletes that run or kick) or from an injury. If the bleeding continues, the toe may hurt as pressure builds up under the toenail. In rare instances, a black toenail may be a sign of a malignant melanoma. Chronic ingrown nail and other systemic health problems may also be the cause.

Yellow nails—although yellow nails can be the result of constantly wearing nail polish, it is most often a symptom of a fungal infection. There are also certain diseases, such as lymphedema (chronic leg swelling) and diabetes, which can cause nails to become yellow.

Thickened nails—as a person ages their toenails naturally get thicker. However, thickening nails can also be a sign of a health issue such as psoriasis or hypothyroidism. In many cases thickened nails are a symptom of a nail fungus.

Since there are many reasons why a toenail may look abnormal it’s important to make an appointment at our Aberdeen office to find out what’s behind the discoloration or thickening of the nail. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel will accurately diagnose the condition and prescribe the proper treatment to correct the problem and get your toes sandal ready. Contact us today by calling: 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Toenail Trouble, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen