Causes of Deformed ToenailsMarch 20, 2011
Winter time for people with deformed toenails is a blessing, easy to hide the embarrassing problem. But as the days get warmer people wear less and the sandals and flip flops come out. So do you wear your sandals and have the deformed toenails for anyone to see or hide them in warm and damp tennis shoes that make the condition, most probably caused by toenail fungus, worse?
Toenail fungus is recognizable by the appearance of the deformed toenails. Usually nails are yellowish in color, they have become thicker than normal, there may be flaking under the nail, scaly skin between toes or on the bottom of your feet, you may have a problem with sweaty feet.
Treatment options for toenail fungus include over the counter treatments, home remedies or medication from a doctor. Though toenail fungus can be treated, it takes commitment from you to keep up with the treatment every day, and you need to keep in mind it can take several months. Over the counter treatments from your local pharmacy are usually good enough for mild to moderate problems, but if yours is more severe, you have a history of toenail fungus infections or if it has spread to several or all of the toes, you may want to see a doctor or podiatrist about anti-fungal drug treatment that is stronger.
Deformed toenails are not just caused by toenail fungus though. Trauma may be the cause – if you dropped something on a nail or kicked something and caused a serious injury it can cause deformed toenails. If this is the case the change is likely permanent if the root of the nail is affected.
Other less common causes are psoriasis and bone spurs. Most people know if they have psoriasis whether their nail problem is also due to their skin complaint. Nails may have some separation from the nail bed, there can be small blisters, scaling and the surface of the nail is pitted. A visit to a doctor or podiatrist will help diagnose the problem if you are unsure, they can examine it and have a culture done if they need it.