Derms And Podiatrists Go Toe To Toe
In the Battle of the 'Nail-It-Alls'
We all know that Podiatrists are the nail experts, but did you know that nail problems make up about 10% of all dermatological conditions?
QUESTION: IS IT TRUE? FINGERNAILS GROW FASTER THAN TOENAILS.
Yes! Especially on your dominant hand. Both sets of docs agree: On average, fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month, while toenails grow an average of 1.6 mm per month.
QUESTION: IS IT TRUE? NAIL GROWTH RATES DEPEND ON AGE, TIME OF YEAR, ACTIVITY LEVEL AND HEREDITY.
Yes! No argument there: Women’s nails grow more slowly than men’s, except possibly during pregnancy. Nails grow more rapidly in summer than in winter.
QUESTION: IS IT TRUE? NAIL GROWTH IS AFFECTED BY DISEASE, NUTRITION, MEDICATIONS, TRAUMA, CHRONIC ILLNESS, FEVER AND THE AGING PROCESS
Both docs say, yes: Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes.
QUESTION: IS IT TRUE? FUNGAL INFECTIONS CAUSE ABOUT HALF OF ALL NAIL DISORDERS.
They agree again! Infections are more common in toenails because the toes often are confined to a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment. Although rare, melanomas can grow under the nail. Melanomas may be mistaken for an injury, so clients should consult a doctor if a dark-colored streak appears within the nail plate.
SORRY, NO DO-BATTLE TODAY. In the end, when it comes to nails, both groups of doctors are on the same page.
DR.'S REMEDY FUN FACTS
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Currently, the organization represents an estimated 15,000 podiatrists in the country.
According to the APMA, about 70% of Americans have suffered from a foot ailment, but only 36% have actually seen a podiatrist.
Most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50.
Be sure to take care of your feet and nails!
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