How do I get rid of a black toenail?

Healthy FeetBlack toenail treatment will vary based on the patient, severity of the condition, and root cause. To start, it is important to emphasize the need for you to make an appointment with Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida so our doctors can accurately diagnose and evaluate your case. Most black toenails are not serious, but it is best to be cautious and let our podiatrists rule out that your black toenail is not caused by a serious condition.

When you come into one of our offices, there are a variety of treatment options. We may drain blood that has pooled under the nail (subungual hematoma) with a sterile, large-gauge needle. Another possibility we have is to burn a hole in the nail with a device so the blood can drain. In some cases—particularly if the nail is falling off—we might need to remove the nail.

If your nail has started falling off, you can cover it with a sterile bandage until you come see us at one of our five Florida offices (Lake Mary, Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Tavares, and Kissimmee). Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) for additional information or to request an appointment.