Thin, Brittle Toenails? What May Be Causing This And What You Can Do About It

If your toenails are thinning or breaking apart easily, there could be a few things to blame. Brittle nails can make clipping your nails a pain, and thin nails may easily break if you stub your toe on something, which may also lead to injury to your toes. If your toenails are brittle, peeling, or thinning, you need to do something about it. Read on for what may be the problem and what you can do about it.

Toenail Fungus

If you have toenail fungus, it could be causing your nails to become brittle. The fungus can spread easily and can cause your nails to get brittle, or it could also lead to thick or discolored nails as well. The fungus could lead to an infection and spread to the nail bed, which could eventually cause your nail to fall off altogether. Clear up the fungus or the infection by soaking your feet in Epsom salts, then trim your nails straight across. Use an anti-fungal cream or spray on your feet to get rid of the fungus. Be sure to keep your feet dry, especially your toes.

Nutrient Deficient

If your body is not getting enough nutrients, you may notice it first in your hair or your nails. Your nails become brittle, and your hair may begin to fall out. Be sure to eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Taking a multivitamin can also help give you important nutrients your body needs that you may not be getting with your diet. 

Lack Of Oxygen

A lack of oxygen to your limbs such as from poor circulation or some type of respiratory issue may also be the cause of brittle nails. If this is the case, talk to your physician or podiatrist about what you can do to improve your circulation.

Nail Polish

Polishing your toenails may give your tootsies a pretty look, but all of that nail polish may be causing your nails to become brittle. Give your nails a break from time to time and allow them to "breathe" once in a while. Clean your nails of the nail polish and use a file and buffing file to polish your nails and keep them healthy.

Your nails can tell you a lot about your health. If you have brittle nails, it may also be a sign of a medical issue such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder. If your nails are brittle, make an appointment with your podiatrist for a checkup and for treatment. For more information, contact a company like Advanced Foot Clinic.