We ARE open for telehealth appointments!*
These are being offered between 10 and 1:45, Monday through Thursday.
Call the office at 704-541-3668 to schedule your telehealth appointment. Leave a message if needed, someone will be regularly checking messages.
We will be available for emergent or urgent cases with a limited availability in our office (such as acute moderate to severe pain, recent fractures or surgeries that need xrays, infections are examples).
*Telehealth is currently available with BCBS, Aetna, United and Medicare
A black, purple, or brownish discoloration under or involving a toenail is frequently due to trauma to the toe nail, such as when something is dropped on the toe. The color results from a blood clot or bleeding under the nail, and may involve the entire nail or just a small portion of it. This can be very painful when the entire nail is involved, and may need medical attention to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding under the toenail.
Although it is very rare, a more serious cause of black toenails is malignant melanoma. Since early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma improves the chances for a good outcome, it is important that all black toenails be evaluated by a qualified foot and ankle surgeon to rule out this cause.
Other rare causes of black toenails include fungal infections, chronic ingrown nails, or health problems affecting the rest of the body.