Things you need to know about your toenails:
1. Healthy nails are pink, free of dirt and imperfections and they grow out from the grooves normally.
2. Nails that are thickened, discoloured or separating from the nail bed may have a fungal infection. If your nails have any of these symptoms you need to see a Podiatrist about getting this treated. The longer you leave them the more damage to the nail may occur.
3. Toenails don’t like to be treated roughly. If you drop something on your toes they tend to never forget. They may grow more thickly. This can cause problems when cutting your nails. A Podiatrist has special instruments for thinning the nail and making them feel more comfortable.
4. Nails that are growing into the groove of the toe are NOT okay. They are painful and can become easily infected. Podiatrists can quickly and simply relieve this problem and help you stop it from coming back. NEVER dig at the area, you will only make it worse.
5. Older people can suffer from brittle nails. They may also find it challenging to see or bend down to cut their nails. Podiatrists assist this with specific instruments that are stronger than normal cutters. Podiatrists perform all treatments with sterile instruments and an extensive knowledge of foot anatomy. They are always your first choice for nail care.
What can I do to look after my nails?
• Trim your nails straight across. Do not round off the corners.
• Use a strong pair of nail clippers.
• After clipping, smooth nails with a file using downward strokes.
• Wear properly fitted shoes, not too short or narrow.
• Wash feet regularly, especially between the toes and dry thoroughly.
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