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Nail Problems Specialist

Leonard Greenwald, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in San Jose, CA

People rarely think about their toenails, but maintaining toenail health is as important as keeping any other part of your body well. And just like other body parts, your toenails can become injured or damaged. Experienced podiatrist Leonard Greenwald, DPM, treats nail problems in patients of all ages at his practice in San Jose, California. If a nail issue causes you pain, don't hold off seeking treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Nail Problems Q&A

What are nail problems?

Your toenails are made from keratin, the same protein that makes up your skin and hair. Toenails are hard and tough because they have to protect your toes. But they're not invincible, and your nail health can be affected by illness and injury.

It's not always clear whether a nail problem will heal itself or whether it needs professional attention. If in doubt, reach out to Dr. Greenwald.

Dr. Greenwald offers treatment for a broad range of nail problems, in many cases providing same-day treatment for fast relief.

What are common nail problems?

Untreated nail issues can quickly lead to more serious problems, such as infection. Dr. Greenwald creates individualized treatment plans to provide relief for a number of nail conditions.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails commonly occur because of tight-fitting shoes or incorrectly cut toenails. Genetics can also make some people more prone to the condition. 

Dr. Greenwald offers same-day treatment for ingrown toenails that involves cutting away all or part of the nail — a procedure that takes less than 15 minutes.

Toenail fungus

Toenail fungus is an infection that causes the toenail to discolor, thicken, and crumble. Dr. Greenwald typically treats it with an antifungal medication. Depending on its severity, he may need to remove the nail entirely.

Clubbed nails

Clubbed nails are typically caused by an underlying health condition, such as lung disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, or heart disease. It causes the nails to change appearance until they look wide and club-like.

Toenail trauma

A forceful blow, such as stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on your foot, can damage the toenail and cause blood to collect beneath it. Other types of toenail trauma include nail separation, where the toenail comes away from the nail bed.

Dr. Greenwald has years of experience in treating and managing all nail problems to restore nail health and prevent further injury.

When should you see a doctor about nail problems?

Most nail problems aren't serious and will heal themselves. However, you should make an appointment with Dr. Greenwald immediately if you notice the early signs of infection. These signs include:

  • Redness
  • Pus
  • Red lines coming from the nail
  • Red or black lines on the nail
  • Severe pain

Nail problems affect all ages and can be painful and irritating. If you or a family member experiences any discomfort, call Leonard Greenwald, DPM, or request an appointment online today.