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big toe toenails curling - nutritional deficiency

Answered on July 15, 2016
Created August 10, 2013 at 2:59 AM

When I was a teenager I played soccer and had some problems with my big toes getting inflamed and pussy at the sides of the nails which seemed to happen only in the soccer season. I checked with a doctor who said they were "ingrown" and just to trim them a little longer. I did so and had no problems for years.

Then, in my late twenties (not playing soccer anymore) I got really sick and because most of my symptoms were invisible and didn't fit any textbook condition I was mostly ignored by every doctor I saw for years. During this time strange things started happening with my toenails. A middle toe went thick and hard and looked like behind the nail a bunch of little tubes were growing in the nail (honeycomb like) and that was initially diagnosed by a doctor as a fungal infection. Two bottles of anti-fungal treatment later nothing had changed and I saw another doctor who said it was a damaged nail bed and nothing could be done to fix it. At the same time, much more gradually my two big toe nails were curling. By this I mean, if I curl my toes towards me and look over them at the naisl they went from being shaped like ( to being shaped like C . As the edges curled under they became really uncomfortable and I've had to be careful to trim them not too long (rubbing on shoes is now painful as they cut into the skin below) and not too short (the old ingrown problem).

Anyway, finally after years of no help from doctors and only very few very basic blood tests I was able to see a nutritionist who got extensive blood work done. He was able to identify a lot of nutritional deficiencies and over time helped me to get my levels back up. Now I am once again feeling like my toe nails are curling further and I'm wondering if there's a particular nutritional deficiency know to cause this. My google searches keep bringing up results that toe nails just curl with age and sometimes need to be removed or sometimes need to remove some skin around them. I'm really sure all my problems with toe nails first started when I got sick and stopped getting worse when I got my health on track so really think it's nutrition related. I'm hoping someone here could point me towards some info on how changing nail shape might be related to nutrition. Thanks for any leads you can offer!

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on August 13, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Thanks Matt. I've been told by so many doctors that so many things "just happen" as we age and they have just unhappened for me when my nutrition improved despite the fact that I didn't grow younger. I still wonder if there could be some nutritional aspect to this... I guess also just the pressures shoes could put on our nails and toes in general could have something to do with it. I just find the notion that our bodies just like to self-destruct sometimes doesn't really hold water - there's always a reason.

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on July 15, 2016
at 09:11 AM

Toenail fungus medically known as onychomycosis is an infection. The invasion of this fungus into the skin or nails causes toenail infection. Treatment is necessary as soon as possible. Anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil are capable of treating toenail fungus. In order to be effective, apply tea tree oil twice a day on the infected nails.

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on December 29, 2015
at 02:38 AM

I went to my doctor with the same problem of the big toe toenail curling. He said it was due to toenail fungus, which I knew I had on my other toes. I'll be trying the meds he prescribed to deal with the fungus and hope to find that the big toe nails straighten out as well. So reading here that you have the same curling toenail problem AND toenail fungus is an encouraging coincidence to me that tells me my doctor is right. Given the nature of this forum, I doubt that you'll find any solace in a solution which involves taking a drug.

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on August 10, 2013
at 12:25 PM

Seems to be no nutritional link. In fact googling it, leads to a Mark's Daily Apple forum question on the topic.

I had this once about 10 years ago. You probably need to do a 'reset' of sorts on it. The curling portions need to be removed at least half way to the nailbed. Good chance it regrows normally. If it does not, I was told you have to take off the whole nail, and "dissolve" the nailbed to let it heal and regrown normally. I did not have to go that far.

Dfa90a7646675420b3998a913935a697

on August 13, 2013
at 03:20 AM

Thanks Matt. I've been told by so many doctors that so many things "just happen" as we age and they have just unhappened for me when my nutrition improved despite the fact that I didn't grow younger. I still wonder if there could be some nutritional aspect to this... I guess also just the pressures shoes could put on our nails and toes in general could have something to do with it. I just find the notion that our bodies just like to self-destruct sometimes doesn't really hold water - there's always a reason.

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