You should always try to pay a little attention to the condition of your feet every day since they can be one of the first places that signs of disease show up. The condition of your toenails can reveal the existence of a variety of health problems including fungal infections, nutrient deficiencies, and systemic conditions like kidney and liver disease.
Some of the signs that frequently show up in your toenails that indicate you may have other health problems include the following:
- Thick and crumbly toenails—Having brittle and crumbling toenails can be the result of using harsh chemicals like detergents, nail polishes and removers. But the crumbling and thickening may also be a sign of a thyroid problem or a bacterial or fungal toenail infection.
- Dark or white lines—Either dark ones or white stripes across your toenails may be caused by lack of amino acids that produce protein. This can be caused by liver disease and poor vitamin and nutrient intake.
- Black or green toenails—A fungal toenail infection or skin condition at the edge of the nail may cause a darkening of the toenails. Toenails that turn dark green or black could be infected with bacteria, but it also could be a side effect of taking antibiotics. If you severely injure a toe from stubbing or dropping something heavy on it, the nail and toe may turn black and blue.
If you are experiencing crumbling and discoloration in your toenails, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!