Dr. Jacoby describes vertical nail ridging, a common and benign nail condition.
Vertical nail ridging – if you notice the ridges are really the same ridges that a flat nail would have whether more accentuated. It’s thought to be more of a nutritional issue than anything else and it’s not dangerous. I don’t know that there is anything you really have to do about it.
A lot of people think that protein-like products like gelatin are helpful for that thin ridging type nail. It may be a nutritional issue as we said, it might be difficult to find out which nutritional product is missing in there because there’s really no test that you can do.
Could a vertical nail ridging have a long-term danger associated with it? I don’t think so and it’s difficult to find out what that deficiency is. The usual deficiency is either a vitamin or some protein-like product. I would try the simple things first, a supplemental vitamin, maybe a gelatin-like product, an L-arginine – oral L-arginine, which is an amino acid, helps build better nail quality.
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.