If you prefer rounded nails, be warned that they’re a disaster waiting to happen. At the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Fred Beaumont says that cutting toenails so they’re curved encourages them to grow inward. “It’s the most common mistake people make,” he says.
Should you round your toenails?
It’s important to make sure that you cut your toenails straight across, leaving them long enough so that the corners lie loosely against the skin at the sides. In other words, don’t trim your toenails too short, don’t round the edges, and also don’t try to cut the toenails into a pointy V-shape.
What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?
Keratin is a protein that promotes the development of the skin and nails. Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail.
Why do toenails get thick?
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.
What causes pincer nail?
Pincer nails are nails that have become deformed with an increased, transverse over-curvature, with causes ranging from fungal disease or psoriasis, medications such as beta-blockers, or tumors or cysts. Most commonly, however, particularly in toenails, the causes are biomechanical or arthritic changes.
What is the best length for toenails?
It’s recommended that you maintain your toenails at a length of about 1 to 2 millimeters (0.04 to 0.08 inches).
Why do toenails curve down?
Pincer toenails are a nail deformity that causes over-curvature in the nail. There can be numerous causes of pincer toenails, such as: A fungal disease, like Onychomycosis. Certain medications, like beta-blockers.
Why do toenails curve as you get older?
In elderly people, the growth rate of the nail slows down relative to the adhesion strength, creating a condition called pincer nail where the nail plate forms a tight curl.