Thick Nails - Onychauxis
Thick nails, or onychauxis, is a common condition that can cause discomfort, be unsightly, and make it difficult to wear shoes and perform daily activities. Our podiatrists manage this condition on a daily basis. Here’s what you need to know about this condition:
Thick nails can be caused by several factors, including:
Fungal infections: Fungal infections can cause the nails to thicken and become discolored or distorted.
Trauma: Injuries to the nail bed can cause the nail to thicken or grow abnormally.
Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to thick nails.
Health conditions: Certain health conditions such as psoriasis, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease can cause thick nails.
Symptoms of thick nails may include:
Difficulty trimming or cutting the nail
Discoloration of the nail
Deformation of the nail
Pain or discomfort when walking or wearing shoes
Treatment for thick nails will depend on the underlying cause. Some treatment options include:
Topical antifungal medications: If a fungal infection is causing your thick nails, your podiatrist may prescribe a topical antifungal medication.
Oral antifungal medications: In severe cases of fungal nail infections, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by your general practitioner.
Nail debridement: In severe cases, your podiatrist may need to remove a portion of the nail to relieve discomfort.
Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the nail completely.
There are some steps you can take to prevent thick nails, including:
Proper nail care: Keep your nails clean, dry, and trimmed regularly to prevent fungal infections and trauma.
Regular Podiatry visits: To manage the thickened nail and assess for any deterioration or progression.
Wear proper footwear: Make sure your shoes fit well and provide adequate support to prevent injury.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet and staying active can help prevent age-related changes to your nails.