Dr. Jacoby shares what a woman should do if her nails routinely peel or split.
Nails that keep peeling or splitting are usually a sign of a nutritional problem with the nail. I think probably the most important thing is the proteins that we eat or lack there out. The essential amino acids, such as L-arginine, is a very important amino acid in that process.
When we have foods that are deficient in the essential amino acids it causes a cracking in the skin and a cracking in the nail bed itself and that allows secondary pathology to occur such as a bacterial infection.
Then we look at different bacterial infections from whether they are distal at the end of the toenail, the middle of the toenail, or back in the nail fold itself and they can give us indication as where that infection is coming from.
About Dr. Richard Jacoby, D.P.M.:
Dr. Richard Jacoby, D.P.M., graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia, specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons, he is currently president of Valley Foot Surgeons in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Jacoby is chairman of the board of Healthcare Networks of America.
Dr. Jacoby has been named the 2010 President of The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.