Your toenails contribute more to your overall wellbeing than meets the eye. Yes, trim and pretty toenails is paramount, but they ultimately serve one evolutionary purpose: protection for your toes! Made from tough keratin, your nails are strong, but once your toes are in pain from faulty nails, forget about those workouts or even walking with ease. However, simple toenail care can aid in giving you a better step forward and avoidance of downtown.
Here are ten helpful toenail tips to help you stay active. In taking care of your toenails they will grow strong and healthy free from fungus, bacteria, ingrown nails and other conditions that require a visit to a podiatrist.
– Bathing your feet once per day using a mild soap not only helps ward off pesky toenail fungus (onychomycosis) and bromodosis, the warm water can help stimulate circulation to your feet and toes, which helps toenails grow healthy and strong. Be sure to scrub your toenails with a foot brush while bathing and thoroughly dry each foot, including between the toes, afterward
One of the easiest ways to keep your toenails in great shape is to practice great dermatology by moisturizing them on a daily basis. Using regular lotion on your feet helps keep the skin around each toenail soft and healthy while using nail oils that contain quick-absorbing ingredients like jojoba oil keeps your toenails from becoming dry, cracked and brittle.
Inspect and trim your toenails with nail scissors or a quality pair of toenail clippers about once a month. It is very important that you trim your toenails properly — straight across, never in a curved shape — to help prevent ingrown toenails and bacterial and fungal infections. You should also never cut your toenails too short, as having a slight bit of nail at the end helps protect the toes from pressure and possible trauma.
Filing your nail is actually a great way to keep your toenails healthy. Use a fine nail file or very gentle emery board to smooth out any rigid toenail edges, which can help prevent hangnails as well as rips and tears to the nail. Nail files can come manual or with batteries like the Amope Pedi Perfect nail file where we have a review here. Note: use caution when cutting or trimming your cuticles and surrounding nail skin (in fact, podiatrists recommend you never cut your cuticles.)
Toenail Friendly Diet
Both your fingernails and your toenails are made from a protein called keratin. You can help your body produce healthy amounts of protein by eating a balanced diet filled with vitamin and nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats. You can also use vitamin or biotin supplements to help boost nail growth, but most doctors and podiatrists agree that eating a healthy diet is the best way to give your body the fuel it needs.
Wearing Proper Shoes and Socks
Properly fitted shoes and socks can go a long way toward maintaining clear, shiny and healthy toenails. Socks that are too tight can restrict the blood circulation your nails need to grow strong, while shoes that don’t fit properly can lead to ingrown toenails, black toenails (subungual hematoma), corns, calluses, blisters, and other foot issues that can potentially affect the way you walk and therefore put undue pressure on your toenails. Wearing foot health-conscious shoes is a way to possibly prevent these bad foot condition. Your feet stay can healthier with technically designed arch support and footbed cushioning shoes that are still funky and fashionable.
Whether you spring for a professional rub, receive help from your partner or do it yourself, occasional foot rubs (twice per month or more) help keep the circulation in your feet and toes strong. Good circulation gives your nails a rich blood supply, which helps them maintain a healthy light pink color with a smooth sheen. Wen looking at toenail tips to help you stay active, foot massages represent one of the fun and relaxing one.
Treat Yourself to Regular Foot Soak Daily Cleansing
It’s always a good idea to indulge in a foot soak every once in a while. Footbat8m s are relaxing, help decrease stress and can do wonders for your toenails, as well. Soaking the nails helps loosen dirt and debris that may be lurking in the nail folds, lessens your chance of developing smelly feet and foot fungus infections, and can also be moisturizing if oils are added to the water.
Use Caution with Pedicures and Polish
Professional pedicures can leave your toenails vulnerable to toenail fungal infections, and nail techs often cut your cuticles and eponychium (the skin surrounding your nails), which can lead to inflammation and infection. Meanwhile, non-organic nail polish can leave your toenails stained yellow, and acetone nail polish remover can significantly dry out your nails, leading to unattractive peeling and cracking. Therefore, it’s best to use caution when treating your feet and toes to pedicures. Try opting for all-natural, organic pedicures and using nail polishes free from toxic ingredients like toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and formaldehyde
Frequent Inspections of your Toenails
If you follow the above steps, you will more than likely be much more aware of your toenails and their overall health condition than before you started. The idea is that it is still a good idea to frequently inspect your toenails, which oftentimes are the first place serious health issues show their symptoms. Diseases like diabetes, psoriasis, and onychomycosis (toenail fungus) show up on your nails via pits, marks, discoloration, and ridges. Being aware of your nails and visiting a podiatrist at the first sign of trouble could save your health and potentially your life.
We hope these toenail tips to help you stay active will be easy to adapt to your lifestyle. They normally take very little time and once integrated into your daily routine, they will definitely help further problems later on.