Split toenails are a common occurrence, often resulting from trauma or injury. In most cases, these types of injuries are monitored closely and treated conservatively. However, if split toenails occur without any known injury, they may be caused by onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nail. In such cases, treatment options include topical or oral antifungal medication or laser therapy, which can effectively eliminate the infection and promote healthy nail growth.
In cases where split toenails are at risk of being avulsed or infected, a nail procedure may be required to remove the damaged portion of the nail and prevent further damage or infection. The procedure involves numbing the toe with local anesthesia and carefully removing the affected portion of the nail. In some cases, a chemical matrixectomy may be performed to prevent regrowth of the damaged nail. After the procedure, proper wound care and monitoring will be advised to promote proper healing and prevent infection.
It’s important to note that split toenails can be a sign of underlying health conditions or nutritional deficiencies, such as anemia or low levels of biotin. In such cases, treatment of the underlying condition is necessary to promote healthy nail growth and prevent further damage.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of toenail conditions, including split toenails. With a focus on conservative treatment options and a dedication to patient education, she works with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their individual needs and goals. If you’re experiencing split toenails or other toenail issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari to receive expert care and guidance.