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Your toenails and your health.

Did you know that as early as 400 BC, Hippocrates realized that the condition of your fingernails and toenails was a reflection of your overall health, and that you could understand health problems by observing the toenails? The problems that can be potentially seen through observation of the nails ranges from simple nutritional deficiencies to severe medical problems. Observation of your nails in an unpolished state can give you insights that you might miss otherwise. Take the time to look at them.

Fingernails and toenails grow at different rates based upon age, nutrition and varoius other health factors. The average nail is going to at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per month. Growth rates will be different for everyone, but what you should look out for is changes in the normal growth rate of the nails.

There are some serious medical conditions that you potentially will want to be checked for if you notice changes to your nails. For example, if your nails become loose at the base, it could possibly mean an underlying condition like nail psoriasis, fungal or bacterial infections are present, thyroid disease or lupus is present.

If a nail starts to become thinner and begins to lose it's luster, there are numerous potential diseases that could be at the root cause.

If the nails begin to thicken, you may have a toenail fungal infection or potentially have circulatory problems developing.

If you begin to notice spots on your nails, there may be a fungal condition or psoriasis and eczema present.

Very soft nails may indicate malnutrition or endocrine problems

If your nails begin to take on a spoon shape, it may indicate thyroid disease or an iron deficiency.

If your fingernails swell at the ends and the nails grow around them, it may indicate respiratory or heart problems, or potentially cirrhosis of the liver.

If you have horiziontal ridges in your nails, it may indicate infection or nutritional problems.

Vertical ridges in the nails may indicate thyroid disease, kidney failure or poor absorbtion of minerals

Swollen finger or toe tips may mean bacterial or yeast infection.

Extra large moons may indicate an overactive thyroid.

Small moons may indicate an underactive thyroid.

A lack of nail color may indicate anemia.

A red color may indicate poor circulation

A blue color may indicate respiratory problems orcardiovascular problems.

A yellow color may indicate a fungal infection or diabetes.

A white color may indicate a fungal infection

A half-white and half-pink color may indicate kidney disease.

A purple or black color could indicate a B12 deficiency.

If you notice any changes to your nails, or potentially see any of the symptoms listed, contact Total Foot Wellness as soon as possible. Your overall health may be at stake.


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