Why do we have finger- and toenails?

  • 2 Replies

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


Offline thedoc

  • Forum Admin
  • Administrator
  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • 513
    • View Profile
Why do we have finger- and toenails?
« on: 16/09/2013 14:19:19 »
Why do we have nail on our finger and toes extremities? could we live without them?
Thanks for your answers and keep up the good work!
Asked by Ace

                                        Visit the webpage for the podcast in which this question is answered.

[chapter podcast=2530 track=10.03.14/Naked_Scientists_Show_10.03.14_5879.mp3]  ...or Listen to the Answer[/chapter] or [download as MP3]

« Last Edit: 16/09/2013 14:19:19 by _system »


Offline acekyle

  • First timers
  • *
  • 3
    • View Profile
Why do we have finger- and toenails?
« Reply #1 on: 11/02/2010 13:27:32 »
thanks for your linguistic answer  [:)].
so, how about toes then? do nails play a protective role or something (since we don't use our feet to grab things, i do  [::)], but nails don;t come into play)?  if, say, i happen to lose all my toe nail, will i get infections or else?


Offline OldDragon

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • 232
  • Heaven doesn't want me & the devil's afraid to.
    • View Profile
Why do we have finger- and toenails?
« Reply #2 on: 15/02/2010 11:55:10 »
I had to have both big toe nails removed surgically a few months ago. They took a little while to fully heal, but have done so now. I spend a lot of time in boots and around livestock, but haven't noticed any discomfort. Previously, the nails had been damaged several times, and had become  thickened and mis-shapen, thus were curved over and cutting into the sides of the toes.

The surface of the skin where the nails once were is possibly a little thinner than the skin at the end and under the toes, slightly shinier than that on the top of the rest of the toes, but not more sensitive now than that. One can still see the indentations where the nails once were.
Pain Promotes Growth - Suffering is Optional.