Weird pinky toenails are a common problem seen by podiatrists. They can be a sign of an infection or something more serious. The good news is that most of these deformities can be corrected with a little bit of care. The first step is to find out what is causing the toenail to grow in an unusual way.
Most often, the pinky toenail grows up because of a fungal nail infection. Using a medicated nail polish or soak twice a day can help clear up this condition. It can also help to trim and file the nail as much as possible to make sure it doesn’t catch on socks or shoes.
Another reason the pinky toenail might grow up is because it is very small. This is a very common condition that can affect both men and women. It’s called microdactyly and it can cause problems like thick toenails or nail deformities. The good news is that it can be treated with oral medications or other treatments.
Because the pinky toenail is located on the outside of the foot, it is prone to getting bumped or traumatized more often than the other toenails. This can lead to changes in the shape of the toenail or even change its color. It’s important to see a podiatrist if you notice any of these signs so that they can treat the underlying issue and prevent it from happening again in the future.