Nail Bed Injuries Are Painful Problems

Your nail bed is made up of three parts:

A nail bed injury is a common cause for a visit to the podiatrist. Your nail bed is fragile and can easily become damaged or crushed when you stub a toe or drop something on your foot.

If an accident occurs and you injure your nail bed, you will probably notice symptoms including swelling and discoloration. There is bound to be pain, and it may be intense. Blood may pool under the nail. It’s also possible the toenail will tear, pull away from the skin surrounding it. Or even fall off. In severe nail bed injuries, it’s possible that the bone in the toe can be broken.

If you are concerned that you have injured your nail bed, you should do visit your foot doctor as soon as possible. A board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is an expert in diagnosing and treating nail bed injuries and all other issues related to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Your doctor will begin with a thorough examination that may including imaging tests such as x-rays and will create an effective and individualized plan for your recovery. Treatment might include bandaging and over the counter or prescription medications for pain and swelling. Surgery is indicated only in the most severe of cases.

Have you have been injured, or do you have another concern about your foot health? Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos can help. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment today.


Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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