A healthy nail plate should be thin and pink, with a white tip as it grows off the end of the nail bed. Thickened toenails can become, discoloured and start to curve for various reasons.
Thickened toenails will become painful without treatment. This is because the toenail takes up more room in the front of the shoe, causing pressure. Treatment for this increased thickness and pressure on the nail is beneficial from a podiatrist to prevent tissue breakdown or wounds forming underneath the nail.
It is also important to note that any discolouration under the nail plate, that does not grow out with the nail should be assessed and monitored by either your podiatrist or GP, as benign and malignant melanomas have been found to form under nail plates.
Toenails which are thickened or starting to curve as a result of increase thickness are best treated by a podiatrist. MediFeet Clinic is experienced in dealing with all kinds of nail problems including nails that are splitting, pitting, lifting or ridged.