The term “deformed nails” can refer to a number of conditions, and they are often a symptom of an underlying problem rather than a condition on their own. Nails are a very sensitive part of the body, and can change shape or deform depending on what is happening either directly to them, or elsewhere in the body. For instance, dehydration can cause brittle nails, while anemia can cause nails to become concave.
You can understand the anatomy of the nail with this diagram below – the visible part of the nail is called the nail plate, and the nail bed lies directly beneath it. This gives nails their healthy pinkish colour. The nail matrix is located at the base of the nail, and is responsible for its growth. Deformed nails usually affect either or both of these areas.
Because deformed nails are usually caused by other underlying conditions, we advise early diagnosis and treatment of those conditions with a specialist alongside treatment for the nails themselves at a podiatrist.
You may be tempted to just visit a pedicurist and see if they can beautify your nails, but without timely treatment, the deformities are likely to recur, or even become worse. Book a consultation with us today for a diagnosis.