But what if the nail IS the problem?
This is a different issue. There are some cases where the nail is ABNORMAL, being thick, curved (pincer) and digging into the skin, often seen in the elderly. Those are called "dystrophic nails". Like with overgrown toeskin, this also causes pain, redness, etc., but in this case all or part of the nail does need to be removed, sometimes involving destruction of the nail bed matrix.
Another condition we often see involving the nail is yellowish nails caused by a fungal infection. That is also a "nail problem" and needs its own unique approach.
The important thing is for doctors (and patients) to be able to recognize the difference and use the appropriate surgical approach when surgical correction is needed.
That's why we're here! Please check out our photos, videos and information to learn more about how this problem can be treated.