July 16, 2023

Why Does My Pinky Toe Nail Grow Up?

The pinky toe nail is the smallest of all your nails. Its size is determined by genetics. If your nails are naturally small, there isn’t much you can do about it other than keeping them clean and wearing shoes that fit properly. This can help your nails look a little more proportionate to the rest of your toes and may make them less noticeable.

The Pinky Toenail is Prone to Injury

Your pinky toenails are located in the outside corner of your feet and as such, are prone to getting bumped or injured. Whether you accidentally stubbed your toe on the edge of a table or wore tight shoes that put pressure on the toes, you can damage your pinky toenails and cause them to change shape over time. This can lead to ingrown toenails which can cause pain, redness and swelling of the area around the nails.

Fungal Infections

If you have a toenail fungal infection, it may be causing your pinky toenail to look thicker than usual. In mild cases of toenail fungus, you may only notice discoloration or darkening of the nail but more severe infections can result in thinning or flaking of the nails. If left untreated, a fungal infection can spread to the other toenails and even to other parts of your body.

If your toenails have a split in the middle and are growing side-by-side, it is known as having a “sixth toenail.” This is a genetic trait that runs in families and is often caused by nail trauma. If this is a concern, you can have it removed through surgery.

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