Summer is almost here and it is time to bring out your shorts and flip flops. If you are experiencing embarrassing thick toenails that are sure to keep your feet covered year round our Tucson foot specialist can help get your feet in shape for the season. Thick toenails are more common than you think, so there is no need to be ashamed of seeking treatment. There are many causes of thick nails:
In many cases, injuries to the nail can cause them to get thicker as they heal. Those who play sports that are hard on the feet, or perform activities such as dancing in closed toe shoes can be at risk for these kinds of injuries. In this case, the thickening of the toenails can be temporary and will return to normal when the healing is complete.
In some cases, fungus can cause the nails to become thicker. Fungus growing around the nail can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed as the fungus fills in the area. In this case, the nail will become yellow or brown in addition to becoming thicker.
Issues such as eczema and psoriasis can cause the dead skin cells around the nails to become inflamed or irritated. As this irritation becomes more severe you can wind up with thick toenails that are uncomfortable and difficult to maintain.
Conditions such as diabetes which cause damage to the digits or make it harder for blood to flow to the toes will lower skin quality, and therefore, the quality of the nails in this area.
We can treat your thick nails effectively and get your feet ready to hit the beach in no time!