Traumatic Nails- Trauma can occur to the toenail as a result of chronic trauma or from acute injuries. Chronic or low grade trauma can be caused by tight shoes that place pressure on the toenail or from running with improper shoes. This can injure the toenail and may cause the nail to form a blister under the nail plate which can lead to a paronychia. This can be a painful condition and may necessitate the need to have the toenail taken off.
Acute trauma often is the result of dropping an object onto the toe or stubbing the toe against something that forces the nail plate to become separated from the nail bed. Blunt trauma can cause a subungual hematoma which is a collection of blood from under the nail plate. This can cause pain and also can lead to infection. If a subungual hematoma develops, the collection of blood will need to be drained by either creating a hole in the nail plate by using a needle, cautery or a laser or by removing the toenail. If it is not drained, the pressure will continue to build up and cause pain to the toe.
Blunt trauma can also lead to laceration of the nail bed that would warrant repair. In addition, blunt trauma can cause a fracture to the underlying bone (distal phalanx) that would also require treatment. If the nail bed is traumatized along with a fracture to the distal phalanx, it is classified as an open fracture.
Dr. Eric Silvers is a highly-trained foot and ankle surgeon specializing in the treatment and resolution of toenail pathologies.
He has offices located at both McKinney, TX & Prosper, TX.
Please call 972-542-2155 to schedule an appointment today!
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This article contains statistics taken from numerous journal articles regarding the effect of diabetes and the problems that it can cause.
Incidence of Diabetes Mellitus
- 15% of the population of developed nations
- 16 million people in U.S have diabetes mellitus
- 15% of patients with diabetes will develop foot ulcers
- There are currently 2.4 million people with diabetic foot ulcers
- Foot and leg amputations are 15 times more likely in patients with diabetes
- 15% of people with foot ulcers will require amputations
Morbidity and Mortality
- Half of the non-traumatic foot amputations in the United States are the result of diabetes
- The 3 year survival rate after a leg or foot amputation is 50% in diabetic patients
- 50% of diabetic amputees will develop ulcers on the opposite limb
- 50% of those diabetic patients will lose the other limb in 3 years or die
- Total cost for diabetic care in 1997 = $98,000,000,000.00
- Diabetic foot care in 1997 = $6,000,000,000.00
- Non-operative care of a single foot ulcer = $7,000.00
- Average cost of care for an infected foot ulcer = $17,000.00
- Average cost of amputation and rehab = $45,000.00
- 68% of patients with diabetic foot ulcers have neuropathy
- 32% of patients with diabetic foot ulcers have normal sensation
How effective are orthotics?
- Re-ulceration rate at one year = 58% if return to street shoes, 28% if return to therapeutic shoes with in soles
If you are a diabetic with a foot sore or ulceration, please come see us at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center for evaluation and immediate treatment. It is also advised that you seek foot and ankle evaluation if you are a diabetic and are not aware of any current foot or ankle issues. Dr. Eric Silvers has treated many diabetics with all types of foot and ankle problems for over 15 years. Please call 972-542-2155 to set up an appointment now.