Toenails and fingernails – differences and similarities

4 de February de 2020

Fingernail and toenail curiosities

The nails that we all have are small structures that emerge from the skin and are part of the integumentary system, responsible, among other functions, for the sense of touch.

We know that each finger has its own nail, but are there really differences between fingernails and toenails?



A major difference between toenails and fingernails is the rate at which they grow. Fingernails grow at a faster rate, about twice as fast.

The growth of toenails is 0.1 millimeters per day, which means that in one month they grow 3 millimeters.

A full toenail takes approximately 12 to 18 months to grow, which is half the time for hands.

toenail  Another fundamental difference is that the toenails have a very important function in the stability of the footprint.

A lot of pressure needed when walking comes together at the tip of the toes and is the last point where the foot is lifted off the ground.

The importance is such that not having toenails on the feet due to the weight and force applied when walking could deform the foot.





Fingernails and toenails in both cases shape the finger.fingernails


They serve to protect the finger, are composed of keratin, a fibrous protein that the body produces naturally, although it is also noteworthy that the nails in both parts of the body together with the adjacent tissue and the fingertips, form the organ of touch.

In Clínica San Román we are up to date in ingrown toenail treatments, among other treatments, so if you need help you can contact us.


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Date of publication: 28-09-2017

Date of revision: 4-02-2020


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