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Your little piggies are important for balance. But when they get stubbed, broken, or have a toenail issue, there’s nothing cute or funny about it.

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Yellowing of toenails occurs naturally as you age, but it can also be caused by fungal infections and dark nail polish. You may be able to treat yellow nails at home, but some causes are more serious and should be treated by your doctor.

Your toes can get numb when they're too cold. But other causes of numb toes include circulatory, systemic disease, environmental, and inflammatory issues, so it's important to contact your doctor.

Wondering why your toes are red? You may have an underlying skin condition like a fungal infection, cellulitis, or an allergic reaction. Other causes of a red, inflamed toes include trauma from an injury to the foot or arthritis.

Dry skin between the toes is usually caused by a fungal infection known as athlete's foot. Other causes for cracks between toes can arise from contact dermatitis or skin infections.

Common toe pain causes include bunions & toenail problems. Toe injuries (sprains & fractures) and medical problems (gout & diabetes) can also cause toe pain.

Toenail pain can be caused by an ingrown toenail, a stubbed toe, or an infection. See your doctor if your pain is not improving or if it’s red and swollen, which is a sign of an infection.

Swollen toes may be caused by a trauma to your toe, like bumping or stubbing your toe. But unexplained toe swelling could be from a chronic issue like gout or even a sign of a heart condition.

A Morton’s neuroma occurs when tissue grows and presses on a nerve in your toes. It can cause pain in the ball of your foot, and pain, burning, and tingling in the toes. The main causes are wearing high heels and tight shoes.

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Experiencing big toe pain can also cause pain when walking, swelling in the toe, or discoloration of the big toe. Common causes of pain in the big toe are a broken or sprained big toe, nerve damage, or gout.

An ingrown toenail is when the nail grows into the surrounding skin or nail bed. It can lead to infection and be surprisingly painful.

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Toenail fungus is usually caused by a type of fungus called dermatophytes. It affects the toenail and the area underneath the nail and causes color changes, thickening, and separation from the nail bed.

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