Toenails can thicken as a result of sudden or repeated trauma or injury. Mostly, this happens to people involved in sport or exercise, such as soccer players, runners, and dancers, but also to people with ill-fitting shoes. Often, thick nails due to injury are mistaken for fungal infections.
Why do toenails thicken as you get older?
The growth rate of nails decreases when people get older. This results in thickening because nail cells pile up. The process of nail cells piling up is referred to as onychocytes. Another reason why fingernails don’t thicken as much is their growth rate is smaller than the growth rate of toenails.
Can a podiatrist treat thick toenails?
Thick toenails (Onychauxic)
The nails can be cut by a podiatrist and thinned down with an electric burr to reduce any discomfort. This will need to be done repetitively as the nail will continue to grow back thicker.
What is the thick white stuff under toenails?
This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail. When this occurs in the toenails, the pressure of shoes pushing down on the nails might cause pain.
Why do toenails get thick and yellow?
Thick yellow toenails are usually caused by a fungal infection called onychomycosis. This can be irritating or painful. It’s less common, but the infection can affect your fingernails as well. Thick yellow toenails can be prevented by taking certain precautions.
How do I keep my toenails healthy as I age?
How to safely trim thickened toenails
- Soften your toenails by soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes, then dry thoroughly.
- With a nail nipper, cut straight across the top of the toenail.
- Use small cuts straight across the toenail to avoid splintering, which may cause an infection.
Why do old people’s toenails curl up?
Toenails may curl upward for a number of reasons: This could be your toenails’ natural growth pattern. Your shoes could be pushing at the tips of your toenails. Your toenails could be affected by profuse foot sweat.
Will nail fungus grow out?
With treatment, many people can get rid of nail fungus. Even when the fungus clears, your nail(s) may look unhealthy until the infected nail grows out. A fingernail grows out in 4 to 6 months and a toenail in 12 to 18 months.
Will toe fungus ever go away?
But nail fungus doesn’t go away by itself. And if you don’t treat it, there’s a chance it could get worse. It could spread to other nails or through your body. It could cause pain when you walk.
What really kills toenail fungus?
Hydrogen peroxide can kill fungus that grows on toenails. You can directly wipe hydrogen peroxide on your infected toes or toenails with a clean cloth or cotton swab. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used in a foot soak.
What kind of doctor do you see for thick toenails?
See a podiatrist for toenail fungus treatment
If you’re uncomfortable with the appearance of your toes, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Professional, modern treatment methods are more effective at clearing up fungal infections than over the counter and home remedies.
Can I cut off my toenail fungus?
Sometimes nails can become so toughened and thickened by a fungal infection that a standard pair of toenail clippers just won’t, well… cut it.