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Ugly toenails are not the exclusive purview of the elderly, but “as you get older, you are more prone to picking up a nail fungus and to having less circulation in your toes, which can affect the way nails grow,” said Dr. Cary Zinkin, a spokesman for the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Toenail fungus is one of the most common causes of ugly nails, and it distorts their shape and makes them thick and ragged or crumbly looking. People with age-related conditions like diabetes and poor circulation are particularly susceptible to nail fungus.