Toenail Issues!


Q: On the third toe on both feet I am missing toenails; they awere absent at birth. The last two toes, on both feet, are almost a black, or dark brown color and the nails are extremely hard. The last two nails do grow, but fall off and what appears to be dried blood is present. The first two nails on both feet appear to be normal at this time. I have gone to the doctor, and he did tell me the nail was absent due to missing bones in my toes. He did not explain much else about why they are missing, and why the other are dark and fall off.He did say that there are types of cosmetic surgeries but he would not recommend it. I would like a second opinion and also explanations. Why did this occur? Is there any type of surgery that I can get that will correct this problem? I have read about artificial implants, and I would like your opinion on that too.

Thank you, Aaliyah S. Kelly


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