Toenail fungus and ingrown toenails are common ailments that affect the toes. While toenail problems can affect people of all ages, they tend to affect older people the most.
Toenail fungus is a common condition that usually begins as a white spot under the tip of the toenail. As it worsens, it may cause your toenail to become discolored, to thicken, or to crumble. If your toenail fungus has caused your toenails to thicken and become painful, it’s recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment.
An ingrown toenail occurs when a sharp corner of a toenail digs into the outer edge of the toe. It can lead to redness, pain, and inflammation. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected. While any toenail can become ingrown, it usually happens to the big toe. The causes of ingrown toenails may include cutting the toenails improperly or wearing shoes that are too tight. You should see a doctor if an ingrown toenail has become infected.