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"The accessory nail of the fifth toe is a physical trait of the small toe, where a minuscule 'sixth toenail' is present in the outer corner of the nail situated on the smallest toe. The trait can be observed on either one or both feet, where there is a separation of the toenail situated on the smallest toe. The separated part of the nail forms a smaller 'sixth toenail' on the corner of the larger, or 'main' section of the toenail, on the outermost side of the foot, which protrudes outwards from the corner of the larger nail. The additional "nail" can be cut with a nail clipper, just like any other nail."

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My pinky toenail was fine until I was around 11 or so. I guess when puberty began, I grew an accessory nail on each foot. This was accompanied by other changes, such as changes in my hair (it used to be very straight and smooth but is now semi-wavy).

I always thought the nail was like that as a result of some deficiency in my diet or improper clipping but I guess not. It's sort of annoying when it keeps catching on my socks and can be painful if it catches and I yank anyway. I've tried to get rid of it many times. I've even yanked it out completely and it still grows back. Mine looks almost as though a part of the nail split off and is growing separately. Does anybody else here have this "sixth toenail?"
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No, but good news: this means you're a warlock.
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Wait I don't understand, can I have pics plz.
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haikinka wrote:

Wait I don't understand, can I have pics plz.


Just imagine that the pinky toenail is split lengthwise. Basically two nails growing side-by-side on one toe. Instead of just one whole nail. I just clipped it really short the other day so I'll need to wait for it to grow back.
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Found a pic online. Mine is a bit larger and grows aligned with the main nail, though. The two nails seem to grow at different rates.
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It seems to me that such a nail, being located so far off to the side and growing in that direction, would have a higher rate of becoming ingrown. That must be a real annoyance.
Posted 7/9/15
Heh. Google sixth toenail.
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Ugh T_T i wish i didn't google this. I feel like vomiting.
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BlueOni wrote:

It seems to me that such a nail, being located so far off to the side and growing in that direction, would have a higher rate of becoming ingrown. That must be a real annoyance.


Fortunately, mine grow forward and are pretty straight and don't jut out unless I bend them outward. They only catch if I let em grow out. The accessory nails do seem to be thicker than the main nails, though. They almost have a rounded cross-section but at least that makes them more resistant to bending.


severticas wrote:

Ugh T_T i wish i didn't google this. I feel like vomiting.

It's a good thing Google doesn't really have images of what my own nails are like. Mine look pretty normal if I keep both nails trimmed to the same level as their respective "parent" nails.

My fingernails have always been somewhat unusual as well. I almost look like I have digital clubbing (according to one doctor) but another doctor examined them closely and said I don't and that my nails are simply shaped that way. I'm probably going to try to get additional opinions on that. The nails are broad and shield-like. I don't know other people who have my type of fingernails or anyone who has an accessory toenail, but I hear the toenail thing is more common among Asians.

Actual digital clubbing


My fingernails


Maybe I am a mutant.
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So does this happen to a lot of people, or only a small percentage? I don't have this issue.
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How can one really tell the difference between an entirely separate toenail, and some kind of damage that split an existing toenail due to repeated trauma from walking/running etc.?

Some kind of scar tissue could possibly develop in a damaged nailbed, resulting in the appearance of two by splitting the cells that generate the nail? As opposed to being genetic.
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marklebid wrote:

How can one really tell the difference between an entirely separate toenail, and some kind of damage that split an existing toenail due to repeated trauma from walking/running etc.?

Some kind of scar tissue could possibly develop in a damaged nailbed, resulting in the appearance of two by splitting the cells that generate the nail? As opposed to being genetic.


I suppose that is possible, too. But I always wore properly-sized shoes and took care of my feet due to my paranoid aunt. She grew up poor and wore shoes that were too small so she has deformed feet. She was very meticulous when she bought me shoes.

There must be ways to distinguish between an accessory nail and a nail that is damaged and split, but I'm not really sure how the doctors do it.
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That just looks like part of your toenail but it broke off. Just pull it out, they grow like that every now and then. Just get a good grip and pull it out. It doesn't hurt.

Edit: That happens on EVERY finger and toe if it gets damaged. In your case you may wear shoes that are too tight or you put your socks on too fast or something.
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