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what causes vertical cracks in toenails and how are they treated

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Armstrong
23 years experience Podiatry
Cracks in nails: Usually more indicative of some form of trauma. Not a disease process. Vitamin deficiencies can weaken the nails they become very brittle and crack ea ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
36 years experience Podiatry
Multiple causes: Nail cracking or fissuring can be caused by fungus, damage to the root or matrix as well as a number of dermatological conditions. If there is also di ... Read More
Dr. Robert Conenello
31 years experience Sports Medicine
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities. Most common are, trauma, fungus, lichen plans and psoriasis.
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
44 years experience Podiatry
Nail injury..: I'm thinking that both your second toes are longer than the others. The nails have been traumatized in some fashion, probably due to their length. To ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Inwood
35 years experience Podiatry
Liver: A much better solution is to see your internist frequently. By the time symptoms show in the nails , because of growth rates , changes could be advan ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
18 years experience Podiatry
Yes : Especially if you leave in dry cool area. Apply lots of moisturizer to heels.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
41 years experience Podiatry
Several things: It could be just dry skin and or fissures of the skin from walking barefoot or wearing shoes without socks.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
44 years experience Podiatry
I hate that.: By pulling it off, you risk the chance of doing permanent damage to the nail root. This could cause a bigger issue than you already have. Try trimming ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nail injury: If the crack is in only one toe nail it is possible from unnoticed injury, if happens in other toes and finger nails have yourself examined to out any ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darren James
30 years experience Podiatry
Itchyosis vulgaris: It sound like ithcyosis vulgaris you need to hydrate the skin. A lotion or crème called Eucerin may help or Lachydrin lotion may help. if not see a po ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
48 years experience Rheumatology
Something else......: You need to see a doctor. It can be many things, but it is almost certainly not related to Athlete's foot!
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