Did you know 49% of women are embarrassed about their toenails?

The human nail is a hard plate of densely packed keratinised cells that protects the end of the digit – the finger or the toe. Although very similar structures, people may think quite differently of their toenails and their fingernails, perhaps because the toenails are often hidden away in shoes, whereas fingernails are almost always …

Everything you need to know about your toenails

What are our toenails for? You might think they are there to provide provide protection, however this is not strictly the case because if your nail was removed the skin underneath would harden. Our toenails are thought to have helped our primate ancestors grasp small objects. Nowadays though, as our feet are enclosed in footwear …

How do I look after my toenails if I have diabetes?

If you can reach them, and see well enough to be able to cut them, then you can cut your own toenails. However, if you have damage to the nerves or blood supply to your feet, don’t cut them yourself unless you have been shown how to, for example by a podiatrist. Cut your nails …

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when a splinter of nail grows into the surrounding skin. They can be extremely painful and can become infected or bleed. If your nails are naturally curved they may have a tendency to grow into the flesh.  If you cut your nails too short you may leave a spike of nail which …

What is a fungal nail infection?

Fungal nail infections are common but they normally develop over a period of time, so any immediate difference in the way your nail looks or feels may be too subtle to notice at first. They are not usually serious but they can be unpleasant and difficult to treat. It is normally the same type of …