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Explained: Why Finger Nails Grow Faster Than Toe Nails

Fingernails and toenails are similar in many ways except when it comes to growth. Nail growth can be affected by a number of factors such as age, diet, exercise, type of work and even the period of the year. Without much ado, here are the reasons why our fingernails grow faster than toenails.

1) Blood Circulation

Given the fact that many people keep their toenails in socks and shoes, this reduces circulation and the flow of blood to the toenails. In addition, the toenails are significantly far from the heart than the fingernails implying that less blood flows to the feet resulting in little oxygen and nutrients for the toenails.

2) Type Of Work

It is common knowledge that we frequently use our fingernails more than toenails. For instance, we use our fingers for washing, pressing doorbells, doing pushups and typing while on our computers. Every time you use fingernails, signals are sent to the epithelial cells causing an increase in growth as a way of compensating for the perceived ‘damage’ of the fingernails.

3)The third reason that may explain why fingernails grow faster than toenails is biological. Toenails have to grow slowly because they ought to be tougher than fingernails. Toenails are susceptible to damage, knocks and stress especially for those that do not wear closed shoes hence the need for them to be naturally tougher than fingernails.

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