What Causes Toenails to Thicken?

Toenails come in all shapes and sizes. Extremely thick nails however, are less ordinary and usually are an indication of something. Below are just a few reasons why you may suffer from a thickening toenail:

  1. Trauma – trauma is one of the more common causes of a thickening nail. Dropping heavy objects on the toes, hitting the toes against hard or rough surfaces, or improper shoe-wear are all forms of trauma. Damage to the nail bed, nail plate, or the cuticle of the nail may result in the nail to thicken. This thickening can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the trauma.
  2. Metabolism – Changes in metabolism can cause a lack of blood flow to the toes, which thereby causes it to thicken.
  3. Fungus – Nail thickening is one a symptom of a fungal nail infection, this is also very common when discussing thick nails.
  4. Systemic Disease – diseases that occur in the body such as eczema, psoriasis,cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. These are just a few of the diseases that could cause thickening among others.

Although there may seem to be no end to your thick nails, there are solutions. The most obvious ones are filing down the nails, if a regular nail file does not do the job you may want to consider a debridement of the nail which can be done at a podiatrist office or a nail salon. If the issue does continue, visit a podiatrist promptly to identify the cause and solution.

By |2016-12-19T21:03:18-07:00December 23rd, 2016|