Should we see a podiatrist about a black toenail caused by neuropathy?
There is a 85 year old female with neuropathy that has a black toenail. What can I do to help this? Her doctor hasn't done anything, so we are switching doctors. Should she go to a podiatrist? Or will her new doctor be able to help her?
Black toenails are usually caused by a collection of blood under the nail. If it's a recent event, the blood can and should be drained. If not, the black discoloration will slowly grow out over time.
She should absolutely see a podiatrist! Her podiatrist can confirm the cause of the discoloration. He or she can make the determination if the nail needs to be drained or removed, or if the situation can just be monitored.
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