Toenail Problems, Infections, And Disease Cause Foot Pain

Sometimes, toenail problems appear no matter how hard you try to take good care of your toenails. Changes can occur and you may find you have one of these common toenail disorders. Some may be small, while others may be quite noticeable and cause you some toenail pain.

Either way, you may not understand how these changes can occur when you do everything you can to keep your nails as healthy as possible.

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What Your Toenails Might Be Saying About Your Health

Unfortunately, taking good care of your toenails may not be enough. There are certain conditions that are out of your control that can cause your toenails to change in appearance. Below you’ll find a listing of common toenail disorders and changes that can occur in your toenails and fingernails, as well as the various conditions that can cause each change.

Common Toenail Problems And Disorders

Brittle Toenails

Brittle toenails can be caused by thyroid problems, iron deficiency, circulation problems, biotin deficiency, and impaired kidney function. Toenails that fray or split may be the result of a deficiency in protein, Vitamin C, and/or folic acid, or occur in those who suffer from psoriasis.

Thick Toenails

Anyone with circulation problems may find that their toenails thicken. Itchy skin around the nail, as well as nails that begin to thin, can be caused by the common skin disease lichen planus.

Clubbed Toenails

Clubbed toenails, which curve downwards and have a bulging nail bed, can be caused by liver, lung, or heart disease, as well as oxygen deprivation. Nails that grow upwards, which is also called spooning, can be associated with B12 or iron deficiency.

If you find that your toenails are flat, it can indicate that you have Raynaud's disease or a B12 deficiency. Psoriasis can cause your nails to pit. Various serious diseases cause Beau's lines and horizontal ridges, while vertical ridges can be the result of arthritis.

Vertical Grooves On Your Toenails

Vertical grooves can be the result of aging, iron deficiency, and kidney disorders. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause your nails to bead. Toenails that look like hammered brass can indicate hair loss. If the beds of your toenails are small and short, this can indicate heart disease. Mee's lines can be the result of renal failure, or thallium or arsenic poisoning.

If you find that your toenails have white lines running across them, then this could indicate liver disease or heart disease, or can even show that you have recently had a high fever. Nails that are opaque white and have a darn band can indicate cirrhosis, cancer, diabetes, aging, and congestive heart failure. Those that are pale or white can mean anemia, kidney disease, or liver disease.

Yellow Toenails

A yellowing nail bed can indicate lymphatic problems, chronic bronchitis, liver disorders, and diabetes, while copper or brown nail beds can indicate a local fungal infection or copper or arsenic poisoning. A gray nail bed can mean that you are suffering from edema, arthritis, post-operative effects, malnutrition, cardio-pulmonary disease, and glaucoma.

If you find redness, then it may be caused by a heart condition. However, dark nails may indicate a B12 deficiency. Stains are quite common and do not necessarily indicate an affliction.

The best place to take your toenail problems to is your family doctor or a licensed Podiatrist. The sooner you seek professional medical help, the sooner you can have healthy toenails with no painful problems. Your Doctor can then also evaluate if your toenail problems are being caused by a more serious medical condition.

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Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: February 27, 2015

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