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Old 04-16-2004, 05:43 AM   #1
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My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

Is anyone else's pinky toenail like this? It doesn't grow straight out like all of my other toenails, it grows up (like towards the sky). It's so weird!

 
Old 04-16-2004, 12:23 PM   #2
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Re: My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

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Is anyone else's pinky toenail like this? It doesn't grow straight out like all of my other toenails, it grows up (like towards the sky). It's so weird!

No, it's not wierd - it is perfectly normal in the majority of people. I am a nail technician of over 35 years standing and I would have to say that at least 90% of my clients had ski-jump pinkie toenails - so do I as a matter of fact.

The shape of the nail is mandated by the shape of the underlying bone tip, and most pinky toes have a slight upward turn to the pinky bone. No idea why though.

 
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Old 10-31-2004, 08:55 PM   #3
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Re: My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

I think I may know what you're talking about, my toenail grows straight out, not a slope up or anything, but straight up. The toe looks just like a slit with a nail growing out of it. Does this sound like you're nail?

 
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Re: My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

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I think I may know what you're talking about, my toenail grows straight out, not a slope up or anything, but straight up. The toe looks just like a slit with a nail growing out of it. Does this sound like you're nail?
Yes, this is what it sounds like. If I cut it, it's sooo short, barely any nail there at all. But it doesn't hrut. I guess the nail bed is just really really small, so when it starts to gorw a little, it grows straight up.

 
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Re: My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

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Yes, this is what it sounds like. If I cut it, it's sooo short, barely any nail there at all. But it doesn't hrut. I guess the nail bed is just really really small, so when it starts to gorw a little, it grows straight up.
The shape of the toenail (as in the fingernails) is directly related to the shape of the underlying bone. The nail bed follows the shape of the bone; the nail plate follows the shape of the nail bed. When a nail grows in an upward slope, it is called a "ski-jump" nail. There is nothing wrong with it, there is just very little nail bed for the nail plate to grow forward on; hence the upward turn. Keep the nail trimmed as short as possible, but it is better to trim (or file) it more often than to cut it too short. Mine are a little bit ski-jump and I file them on a weekly basis vs a monthly basis. As a nail technician, I see this very often. It isn't a problem, and although nothing can be done to change it - it is perfectly within the norm.

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Old 11-02-2004, 03:45 PM   #6
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Re: My pinky toenails grows up, not out?

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The shape of the toenail (as in the fingernails) is directly related to the shape of the underlying bone. The nail bed follows the shape of the bone; the nail plate follows the shape of the nail bed. When a nail grows in an upward slope, it is called a "ski-jump" nail. There is nothing wrong with it, there is just very little nail bed for the nail plate to grow forward on; hence the upward turn. Keep the nail trimmed as short as possible, but it is better to trim (or file) it more often than to cut it too short. Mine are a little bit ski-jump and I file them on a weekly basis vs a monthly basis. As a nail technician, I see this very often. It isn't a problem, and although nothing can be done to change it - it is perfectly within the norm.
Thanks for the info! I figured it was because the nail bed is so small, so the nail has no where else to grow but up.

 
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