What Can Your Toenails Tell You About Your Health?

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The weather is warming up a little, and Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about baring your feet, and for some, this means paying attention to your toenails. Whether you neglect your nails or for the ladies – keep them polished throughout the year, you may have noticed changes that can indicate the presence of other health conditions.

Here at Foot Solutions, we know how important it is to care for our feet, and any changes to toenails are important to consider. Some changes in the look or texture of your toenails can suggest an underlying condition, and it may be worth visiting your GP or looking into home remedies if you notice any of the following:

Toenail Changes Can Reflect Health Problems:

• Lines in your nails. Horizontal lines across the nails are sometimes referred to as Beau’s lines, and these usually indicate areas where the nail growth has been interrupted. This is often due to injury, or to illness, malnutrition or chemotherapy, but it can also result from conditions such as diabetes, fever and peripheral vascular disease.

• Yellow nails. A fungal infection in the toenails is usually noticed when the toenails become thicker or look yellowy. As these infections progress, nails may become thick and brittle, causing pain as they put pressure on the skin. There are many home remedies for infection but it is important to visit your doctor if you do not notice any improvement, as yellow nails can also be associated with thyroid problems, psoriasis, lung problems or diabetes.

• Streaks in the nails. Dark streaks in the nails are a warning sign that should not be taken lightly, since these can be an indicator of melanoma. You should be aware that any areas of dark pigment that streak the nails or appear close to cuticles can reveal the presence of skin cancer, and it is vital to check any concerns with your doctor as soon as possible.

• Spooning nails. Nails that develop raised ridges and scoop outwards appear depressed in the middle, which is known as spoon nails. This can occur as a result of anaemia, heart disease or hypothyroidism, and should always be checked with a medical professional.

Foot Problems in General

Wearing good fitting shoes is a very important way to prevent foot problems and ensure that you are comfortable and well supported. If you are experiencing foot pain you may find that your feet feel much better when you wear custom arch supports or support socks. You may be surprised by the difference these simple measures can make to your comfort, and we know your feet will thank you when you consult with our expert staff at Foot Solutions.