We tend to neglect our feet and toes, but ignoring them can lead to worse health conditions. We don’t pay attention to our feet until something bad happens. If your toenails are not growing, you should find out and take action immediately.
Nail growth can be different from person to person. Some people might be slower and some faster. It may depend on different factors such as genetics or lifestyle choices. If yours grows slower than usual, you should be concerned. Your nails can reflect your health, so your toenail not growing properly may be a sign of an underlying health condition. In some cases, you toenail might stop growing. Below are possible reasons why.
It is unlikely for a toenail to stop growing – they may have just slowed down. Still, it is a cause for concern. Slow nail growth usually comes with other symptoms including brittleness, discoloration, inflammation, swelling, and redness.
The most common cause of toenails not growing properly is injury or trauma. When you damage your toenail, it may take up to 18 months for it to fully grow back. Trauma or nail injury can be either sudden like dropping something on your feet one time, or it can be something consistent. Runners continuously cause trauma on their toenails from the repeated pressure on their toes from running. This can cause your toenail to fall off.
Another reason why your toenail might not be growing properly is Toenail Fungus. Fungal infection is the leading health problem that affects toenail growth. If you have toenail fungus, your nail can be discolored, brittle, and have a foul odor. As the condition gets worse, your toenail may crumble away. That’s why it can look like it is not growing anymore. The fungus eats away your nail and produces debris between the nail plate and the nail bed. This cases pressure and creates space under the nail. Eventually, the nail might fall off because of the pressure from the debris.
If you have toenail fungus or it’s symptoms, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors. We have over 120 clinics in the United States and Canada, including Lake Jackson, TX.