Onychauxis

What is it?

  • Onychauxis is a thickening (hypertrophy) of the nail plate.
  • Onychogryphosis is thickening of the nail, in which a curved nail (ram’s horn) occurs.

What does it look like?

  • The nail appears thicker and sometimes more yellow.

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How do you treat it?

  • A chiropodist can use a special hand drill, to reduce the thickness.

How do you prevent it?

  • Routine nail care.
  • Proper fitting footwear, enough room or width in the toe area of the shoe or boot.
  • Avoid repeated trauma to nails – i.e. be aware that repeated trauma such as kicking a soccer ball can cause the nail to thicken.