At certain times in life, it’s hard for people to take care of their nails. For some, fungal infections and nail thickness make nail care difficult. For others, ingrown toenails cause problems that need treatment. And for older people, decreased vision and flexibility can make toenail care impossible. No matter the challenge, when people cannot care for their own toenails, a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist can help with nail care.
Toenails naturally thicken with age. As nail growth slows, the number of nail cells stack up and become thicker, making them harder to trim. Fungal infections caused by chronic wet or sweaty feet, locker room or shared showers, athlete’s foot, or injury, also can cause abnormal growth and discolored nails. Injured or improperly trimmed toenails can lead to ingrown toenails, infected nail beds, or discomfort when walking, wearing shoes, or lying under the blankets.