Looking After your Nails
Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Here are our Top Tips for keeping your nails healthy:
-Keep nails clean and dry.
-Cut nails straight across. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength. (avoid very long/pointed nails which can break more easily)
-Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
-Do not bite fingernails or remove the cuticle. Doing so can damage the nail and increase the risk of infection of the surrounding skin.
-Do not use your nails as a tool, such as opening drinks cans which can lead to trauma of the nail.
-Trim toenails regularly. Keeping them short will minimize the risk of trauma and injury especially with walking/running.
-When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. (you can also add an emollient to moisturise the skin and soften the nail)
-Avoid “digging out” ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected and sore. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, see your GP or Dermatologist for treatment.
-Wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers. This reduces the risk of developing fungal nail infections (yellow/brittle, thickened nails) and verrucae on the soles of the feet.
-If your nails change in colour such as a line of pigmentation/darker area of the nail or yellowing of the nail or they become painful/brittle, see your dermatologist because these can be signs of infection or a mole/changing lesion of the nail.
If you have diabetes or poor circulation, it’s especially important to seek treatment for any nail problems and to go to a chiropodist/podiatrist regularly. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your nails contact your GP or Dermatologist.