These occur mostly in children and young adults, and are (benign), and usually painless, bone tumours that form in the bone beneath the toenail.

While we’re not sure of the exact cause of the condition, we do know that there’s a genetic link, meaning that a form of the disorder can be inherited. There’s also a form of the disorder which is not genetic, and therefore cannot be inherited.

The symptoms of osteochondroma vary and can be similar to some other medical conditions, so you should always consult your doctor for a diagnosis, especially if you experience any of the following:

  • A hard, painless lump on or near the toe
  • Soreness of the muscles near the toe
  • Pain or irritation with exercise

Treatment varies depending on the specifics of the condition, but can include:

  • Surgical removal of the tumour
  • Medication