Originally Posted by scooter8416
Is the toe nail directly connect to the root?
The root lies deep underneath the skin just behind the cuticle and produces soft, round, plump cells that grow forward from underneath the skin at the cuticle. As the cells grow forward, they lose their inner material and become flat and hard. The 'newest' cells are closest to the cuticle and the hardest, oldest cells, are closest to and become the free edge. If the doctor removed the root of the nail where the nail plate cells are 'born', then nothing is left to produce cells that could form a nail plate. In other words, the root produces the toe nail AND the fingernails.
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