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i just noticed black spots ( purple around it) under my both big toenails, should i see a dermatologist or a podiatrist?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Podiatrist: The reason why i say this is what you are decribing sounds like bruising from trauma from shoes. A podiatrist will evaluate you biomechanically as well as discuss proper shoes which will help prevent this problem. If another cause is responsible, it will be diagnoses.
Dr. Ricardo Reyes
Podiatry 29 years experience
Spots nail: Spots under a toenail are most probably dried blood from capillary fragility of the small vessels on the nail bed. However, i suggest having them checked by either a podiatrist or dermatologist to make sure. There are some cases where it can be a neoplasm and thus must be biopsied to make sure.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
See the podiatrist: If both big toenails are involved there is a high probability that it could be due to mechanical trauma.

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