Thick Nails2021-10-27T15:03:20-04:00
Foot Related Conditions

Thick Nails (Onychauxis)


A thickening of the nails

What is it?
  • Onychauxis is a thickening (hypertrophy) of the nail.
  • Onychogryphosis is a 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 and can often be confused with a fungal infection.

How do you treat it?

A chiropodist can use a special hand drill to reduce the thickness during routine care visits.

How do you prevent it?
  • Regular nail care with your Chiropodist
  • Proper fitting footwear with enough space 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

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