I have an odd, but not particularly bothersome, condition on both of my pinky toes. For as long as I can remember (at least since early childhood) the toenails on said toes have been split. That is to say, there is the main nail, and then a thin little sliver of nail that grows independantly, on the “outer” side of the toe. While the sliver grows along with the main nail, and even sometimes seems to cleave to it, it’s obvious that they’re not all one piece, and usually stress or being soaked in water leads to the small piece loosening and breaking off at some point. And then the sliver grows back again.
My question is: what causes this? Am I the only person this happens to, and is there any procedure I can follow to have whole pinky toenails again? I always assumed that if I left them alone, eventually the nails would grow properly, but as I’m now in my mid-20s, my faith in that assumption is sort of shaken.
Granted, this is a rather minor concern; it has never actually caused me any problems. It’s just…odd and I wonder if any of the Teeming Millions know what’s going on. Thanks!