Our toes face trauma every day. As a result, our toenails can crack, split, or break from time to time. There are many things that can cause this, from aging to fungal infection to trauma. Sometimes cracked toenails are merely an aesthetic concern and heal quickly and naturally on their own; however, if the crack is severe, the toenail may split down the middle of the nailbed or even detach from the nailbed. Cracked toenails can also be quite painful and be vulnerable to infection.
It is best to seek medical attention if your cracked toenail is causing you pain and discomfort, affecting your movement, or doesn’t appear to be healing properly. You may also want to see a foot specialist if you are unsure as to the underlying cause of your cracked toenail, or if it’s a recurring issue. The chiropodists at our clinic can examine your cracked toenail, determine any underlying causes (i.e.: an undiagnosed fungal infection) and make sure that it heals properly and doesn’t get infected.
If you have diabetes, it is recommended that you see a foot specialist immediately should you develop a cracked, split or broken toenail.
Signs or symptoms of a cracked or broken toenail requiring attention and care by a foot specialist are:
You should seek medical attention if your toenail is bleeding, taking too long to heal, getting worse, or if you suspect your toenail is infected. Signs of infection are:
Cracked toenails are most frequently caused or contributed by:
Cracked toenails can also be caused or contributed to by:
The specific course of treatment for a cracked toenail depends on its underlying cause.
The ideal treatment for a cracked toenail is to let it grow out naturally. If the toenail is broken due to trauma and there are no other underlying issues, the toenail will typically heal itself and begin the regrowth process within about 6 to 8 weeks (the entire regrowth process can take 3 to 18 months for toenails). While there is little that can be done to speed this process up, there are remedies a chiropodist can provide to prevent pain or further aggravation of the toenail during the regrowth process. This includes:
A chiropodist will also explore any underlying causes behind the cracked toenail. This can involve the following additional treatments:
It is recommended that diabetes patients seek medical attention for any cracked toenail, regardless of its severity; do not wait for the toenail to heal on its own (for more information, see our diabetic foot care services).
The following can make you more vulnerable to cracked toenails:
Here are various foot care solutions you can do to prevent cracked toenails:
You can book your nail care appointment using our online booking form at the bottom of this page, or calling us at 416-769-FEET (3338). We are open 7 days a week. No referral needed!
Our clinic store also offers a variety of nail care products and footwear solutions to help prevent cracked toenails and promote healthy feet.
Our simple to use, online booking process makes it easy to book an appointment with a chiropodist for any of our services. No referral needed!
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