Your body is interlinked. Diabetes affects your eyes and toes. Arthritis affects your toenails, fingers and toes.
So if you check our someones toenails then they can give you a little insight into their health.
Mainly because your toenails get blood from tiny blood vessels. So what ever flows through the blood affects those nails.
The following are the major health effects that can be seen on the toenails. Remember though if you are concerned then check it out with your Doctor:
The little toe in the picture above is a thick toenail probably due to trauma. Over time that little toenail has been repeatedly hit- lots of times or one big whack. The nail matrix (where the nail grows from) becomes damaged and the nail doesn't grow back to normal.
Over time, if your toes are clawed, then those toenail with thicken up (toes are hitting the floor which is trauma). The clawing can be due to mechanics, poor muscles or even certain nerve conditions.
Commonly mistaken for a toenail fungus. Psoriasis can become thick with little discolouration- but can become affected by fungus at a later date. But notice the pitting? Thats a nice sign for psoriasis. Alopecia and atopic dermatitis also show pitting within the nails, so figuring out which one it is is up to the Doctor.
Difficult to find a picture for this. What happens is that you find discharge or some liquid coming from under your nail. Usually it can be linked back to:
In most cases the nail rubs and alerts the owner. The problem is, with some cases (poor circulation, diabetes, reduced feeling) the nail will rub and cause a breakdown under the nail and sometimes only found when cutting the nail.
Not to be confused with toenail fungus or just thickened toenails (most people check fingers as well as toes). Yellow Nail Syndrome can be caused by:
This is where the nail stops growing and then starts growing. it is usually a one line issue which can be caused by:
Multiple lines across the nail can show multiple repeated trauma and if not stopped the nail can become thickened.
Also known as Koilonychia this is where the edges of the nails turn up and the centre of the nail appears to be grooved- like a spoon.
The main cause is Iron deficiency- which in itself has many different causes so check with the Doctor.
Looking like little groves in the toenails these are caused by repetitive pushing back and picking of the cuticles.
A well known issue, clubbing is very noticeable especially on the hands when it actually fully reveals itself. However it takes time to get there. The causes?
This is where the nails are not actually white but the nails beds are more white. This can be due to a number of issues:
Difficult to spot this one, but it is where there is half light and half dark colour within the nail bed. The cause? Kidney Disease.
This one has been doing the rounds online and has freaked many people out, however it it helps people to check their feet and nails, well that cool.
It is not that common, I have seen a few over my time and they are not 100% obvious like the picture above. Also the patients don't feel ill.
It is easily confused with trauma, fungus and a bruise that is growing out. The main difference? The nail dicolouration never grows out.
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.