Common Conditions

What are Thick Nails?

There are many different causes of thickened toe nails. Fungal nail infections and intermittent trauma to the nails are the most common form of thickened nails.

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Age is another cause of thickened nails, metabolic changes and reduced circulation to the nail can contribute to the thickening.

Other causes

  • Psoriasis – a long-term condition that tends to also cause red, flaky patches of skin
  • Long-term pressure from shoes that are either too small or too narrow over the toes
  • Reactive arthritis – where the immune system parts of the body following an infection

What should I do if I think I have a thick toenail?

It is important to have your nails checked by a HcPC registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist to investigate how and why the nails have become thickened. If your nails are painful due to thickening there are a few simple treatments our Podiatry team can do to relieve your symptoms or improve the appearance.

How can our team help you?

Your feet need to be assessed by our podiatry team in a new patient consultation or a review appointment if you have seen our team in the past. Our experienced team of podiatrists can re-shape the nail, reduce the bulk, cut the nails appropriately or remove the nail. They will then discuss your aftercare and review appointments as required.