Your nails are a reflection of your overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Below are a few simple and easy tips to make sure that your nails stay looking great and healthy –
- Keep Nails Clean and Dry
Keeping your nails clean and dry will reduce the possibility of fungal growth.
- Cut Nails Straight Across
Having a clean cut across the nail reduces chances for ingrown toenails. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength. Additionally, keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
- Wear Shoes that Fit Properly
No surprise here. Properly fitting footwear won’t irritate or damage your nails. Additionally, it is helpful to alternate which pair of shoes you wear each day, in order to reduce potential fungus or odor.
- Wear Shoes in Public Places
This seems like common sense, but it can go overlooked. For example, wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers. This reduces the risk of infections caused by a fungus that can get in your toenails.
If your nails change, swell, or cause pain, see your podiatrist, as these can be signs of serious nail problems. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, it’s especially important to seek treatment for any nail problem.