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My toenails have horizontal ridges on them. Seem broken in the middle. Been like this for more than 10 years. Now a curved white line too.

My toenails have horizontal ridges on them. Seem broken in the middle. Been like this for more than 10 years. Now a curved white line too.

Have them seen.: Nail problems of a long duration are very difficult to treat or even recommend treatment without actually examining them. It is without doubt, best to have them examined by someone who specializes in the treatment of nail diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

Many possibilities: There are many causes of horizontal ridges on nails, including trauma, malnutrition, infections, kidney or liver disease and arsenic poisoning but the fact that is it only on your big toenails makes it unlikely it is serious.
See http://www. Md-health. Com/Fingernail-Ridges. Html and check in with your doctor if it spreads to other nails or you other symptoms suggesting some of those conditions. ...Read more

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24 year old male. Horizontal ridging in toenails. Nail feels a bit rough. Mainly in big toe and toe next to big toe. Fingernails not affected. Normal?

24 year old male. Horizontal ridging in toenails. Nail feels a bit rough. Mainly in big toe and toe next to big toe. Fingernails not affected. Normal?

Usually: They're called Beau's lines. May occur from temporary cessation in toe nail growth. Eg trauma. In cases of malnutrition they can also be found. But if you're otherwise healthy, they are normal. ...Read more

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I have horizontal ridges on my toenails. Is this normal?

I have horizontal ridges on my toenails. Is this normal?

A record of health..: Horizontal ridges, as opposed to vertical ridges, could represent a significant change in your over all health. They form for many reasons and can have several different looks. Anything that affects the nail root and its production of normal nail may be responsible. This could include trauma, diet, fever, medications and some systemic disorders. To remove all doubt, consult a specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have horizontal ridges on your big toenails?

What does it mean if you have horizontal ridges on your big toenails?

Usually a sign of: An injury, often a minor injury that you may not even recall. Transverse lines usally are similar to rings on a tree--you can identify approximately about when the injury occurred by how much the nail has grown. ...Read more

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My daughter has a slight horizontal ridge on one toenail and it doesn't hurt nothing happened to the area what could it be?

My daughter has a slight horizontal ridge on one toenail and it doesn't hurt nothing happened to the area what could it be?

Time lines: The young adult toenail grows out at about 1-2 mm/month. If you measure from the nail bed (near cuticle) out to the line, it will give you a timeline for when something disturbed the regular growth of the nail. It has no more significance than that. ...Read more

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Back in the Fall I experienced intense gastro pain and at that time I started getting horizontal ridges in my left big toenail. What can cause this?

Back in the Fall I experienced intense gastro pain and at that time I started getting horizontal ridges in my left big toenail. What can cause this?

? vitamin deficiency: It is difficult to say right now what caused you pain in the Fall (I might need more information regarding the pain). The horizontal and sometimes white ridges could be a sign of vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. Nail peeling. Doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. No injury. Ideas?

Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. Nail peeling. Doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. No injury. Ideas?

Dryness or other: Could be just drying or iron deficiency or other pathologies. If it is or isn't fungus, your doctor can get a culture/specium to confirm whether it is or not. Try to see aobut your diet as well as lack of certain vitamins and minerals can be seen first in toenails/fingernails and or hair. Good luck. ...Read more

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My toe nails have horizontal ridges. Its like my nails have been broken into two parts and then they are pasted back together on my skin. What is it??

My toe nails have horizontal ridges. Its like my nails have been broken into two parts and then they are pasted back together on my skin. What is it??

Previous Illness: Were you very ill previously? This usually happens when on becomes severely ill and when recovery starts it is manifested in the nails. ...Read more

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My doc thinks I have sympathetic reflex dystrophy. Would this explain the horizontal ridges on my big toe and foot becoming cold with elevation?

My doc thinks I have sympathetic reflex dystrophy. Would this explain the horizontal ridges on my big toe and foot becoming cold with elevation?

RSD/ ridges: RSD affects the nerve function. Esp autonomic nerves that control temperature regulation and sweating and swelling. The lines or ridges can be from the swelling increasing or decreasing. See a neurologist or a physical therapist. Aggressive physical therapy to stop the nerve irritation helps. There are also topical and oral meds that can help ...Read more

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I have had this awful chronic (well, many years) horizontal ridging on my second toenails. The cuticle is misshapen also. Causes/cures?

Probably trauma: Repetitive trauma against the second toe from shoegear can cause this. Most times this toe is longer than the two toes in both sides and it will rub or bang against the shoe more than the others causing nail and skin thickening. It could also be dry skin or even heredity. ...Read more

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Ridges on fingernails indicate what? I have vertical ridges on my fingernails and horizonal ridges on my big toenail

Ridges on nails: The vertical ridges may be normal for you or a metabolic problem. The horizontal ridges are usually called "trauma lines" on the toenails and indicate changes in your nail growth pattern at the root level. ...Read more

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I have a black mark on the lower right corner of my pinky toenail on my right foot. It's very small and looks to be horizontal in lgth. What could be?

I have a black mark on the lower right corner of my pinky toenail on my right foot. It's very small and looks to be horizontal in lgth. What could be?

The Black Toe: Subunguinal hematomas (blood under the nail) are caused by shoe friction. Usually the shoe is a little short or the toe box toe shallow. Tumors in toes can happen but very, very rarely. The nail will eventually grow out as normal but in an extensive hemorrhage under the entire nail, the nail will shed. Ignore it. ...Read more

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I've noticed my big toenails have stopped growing and one has turned yellow and has a thick ridge. What is this and what do I do? I play sports a lot

Nail fungus: Unless you had a trauma to this particular nail, this is probably onychmycosis, or nail fungus. Trauma can look similar. There are now both good topical and oral antifungals to clear this up. See your local foot specialist to see what's best for you ...Read more

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Horizontal dark spot across second toenail, appeared rather suddenly and no pain. Could it just be a hematoma or a subungual melanoma?

Horizontal dark spot across second toenail, appeared rather suddenly and no pain. Could it just be a hematoma or a subungual melanoma?

Could be either: Have it checked out....btw, that's a great differential diagnosis. You would make a wonderful doctor. You should consider going premed. ...Read more

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My left foot slipped off of an 8" step horizontally. Could I have fractured my fibula?

My left foot slipped off of an 8" step horizontally. Could I have fractured my fibula?

Yes, only: An x-ray can tell for sure, and sometimes you need MRI. You could also have sprain, which is sometimes worse than an actual fracture. Get to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I feel a horizontal throb in the area of my inferior extensor retinaculum of the foot. What may be causing this? There was no injury to the site.

I feel a horizontal throb in the area of my inferior extensor retinaculum of the foot. What may be causing this? There was no injury to the site.

LigamentsDon't Throb: Inferior extensor retinaculum is an anatomic label for ligaments, clear in anatomic illustrations, not so much in reality. By definition ligaments attach bones to bones. Throbbing would likely be associated with either pulse (esp. If in sync.) or muscle contractions. All muscle (& associated tendon) movements are controlled by brain, via spinal cord motor neurons. Use this info to sort out clues. ...Read more

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My foot hurts on the top part when I flex or point it. More specifically it hurts underneath my toes horizontally. It hurts a lot during/after ballet.

My foot hurts on the top part when I flex or point it. More specifically it hurts underneath my toes horizontally. It hurts a lot during/after ballet.

Foot pain: There is nothing good or natural about ballet, nor is ballet in any way good for your feet. You are putting excessive pressure in an abnormal way (biomechanically specaking) and stressing the bones, nerves, tendons and joints in your feet and ankles. If this problem persists, you should see a specialist to make an appropriate diagnosis and treat you accordingly for your condition. ...Read more

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Toe nail broke all the way across and grew a new one over the old one that was lifted from the skin. Happened on both big toes and nails had ridges?

Toe nail broke all the way across and grew a new one over the old one that was lifted from the skin. Happened on both big toes and nails had ridges?

Trauma: The toenail probably broke because you traumatized it. This can occur from a direct blow or from microtrauma from playing some sport. The ridges on the nail are an indication that you may be chronically traumatizing your toenail. The new nail will grow out but may be slightly deformed. You should probably let the podiatrist take a look. ...Read more

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There r some small dips/uneven horizontal parts of my big toe nail. &slight pain/discomfort when pressed. All other nails feel normal. Is this serious?

There r some small dips/uneven horizontal parts of my big toe nail. &slight pain/discomfort when pressed. All other nails feel normal. Is this serious?

BIG TOENAIL STRIPES: IS IT ONLY ON ONE GREAT TOENAIL?
IF ITS ONLY ON THE GREAT TOENAIL IT IS PROBABLY A RESULT OF TRAUMA.
NEW SHOES, PERHAPS?
YOU SHOE MAY BE TOO TIGHT.
CHECK WITH A PODIATRIST.. . ...Read more