We rely on our toes a lot in a day, although we may not give them the credit they deserve. One thing is for sure, if we neglect our toes for too long they will not stay silent. Between ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and a variety of other unpleasant scenarios, your toes can fight back at you in an aggressive manner if you do not take proper care. So how do you care for your simple toes and ensure they are always happy?
Simple, here’s 5 happier steps for happy toes.
Treat Your Feet to Frequent Soaks in Warm Water
It’s important to wash your feet every day, if possible. Not just standing in the shower and letting the water run over them, but give them a proper soak. They work very hard to support you all day, so the least you could do is give them a hot soak to help them relax! The warm water will also help to reduce any damage to your toenails. Be sure to wash your feet, between the toes, and the toenail area.
Keep Your Toenails Dirt and Grime Free
This may not sound very appealing, especially if the job hasn’t been done in a while. But get yourself some proper nail cleaning tools and, after your warm soak get in there and clean out any dirt that has settled under your toenails. Keeping your toenails clean is the best way to combat any unwanted nail problems from occurring.
Clip Your Toenails Weekly
It’s no different to clipping your fingernails. Use caution when clipping your toenails because if you clip too short you run the risk of an ingrown toenail. Frequent toenail clippings are important because minimizes the amount of dirt that can get caught under longer nails and reduces the damage that can be caused from a broken toenail. Remember to file your toenails when you are done clipping so there aren’t any rough sides to your nails that can snag on anything.
Pamper Your Little Toes
Once the procedural portion of your toenail care is out of the way, pat your feet dry and put lotion over your entire foot as well as on each individual nail. This will help keep your entire foot moisturized and feeling great!
Wear the Right Shoes
If your shoes are too small or too tight, it can cause increased pressure on your toenails, especially the big toe. This can result in toenail pain, tenderness, and ingrown toenails. Visit your local specialty footwear store for a professional shoe fitting and discover pain-free walking once more.
Your toes spend a lot of their time hidden and rarely get the attention they deserve. To avoid foot pain associated with toenail problems be diligent in your nail care and indulge in the pampering!