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Thickened Nails

What are Thickened Nails?

Thickened Nails are known as onychauxis, or hypertrophy of the nail. More common in older adults, onychauxis can become more severe if left untreated. The nails may begin to curl, turn white or yellow, and they may become so thick it’s impossible to trim or maintain them. That, in turn, can make treating the nail disorder more difficult.

This thickening of the nail may force the nail plate (the part you paint with nail polish) to separate from the nail bed. Though toenail fungus can cause similar symptoms, onychauxis isn’t caused by a fungus. However, your risk for developing a fungal infection increases if you have this nail disorder.

Common causes:

  • Fungal infection

  • Neglect

  • Injury

  • Poor circulation

  • Arthritis in the toes

  • Altered walking pattern

  • Ill-fitting shoes

Signs and Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal thickening of the nail

  • Separation of the nail plate from the nail bed

  • Yellow or white appearance

  • Red or black colouring if left untreated

  • Brittle crumbling around the edges of the nail

  • Pain

Contact us to get treated today.