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How to Take Care of Your Feet and Nails

People don’t generally consider how to take care of their feet unless there is an issue such as pain and discomfort. But good hygiene is very important to prevent these issues from happening and you will be able to avoid injuries and infections in this way.

Something you should keep in mind is that our feet are very prone to developing fungal and bacterial infections, therefore, you need to keep them clean and dry as much as possible to prevent this from happening. You need to wash your feet thoroughly when you are in the shower using soap and water. And once you get out of the shower, make sure that you dry the feet properly paying special attention to the spaces between toes.  Dry feet is a condition that many people suffer from and you can prevent this by adding some moisturiser to your feet. This will keep your feet soft and supple. But when moisturising, avoid applying it between your toes as this can create a favourable environment for fungal growth. And choose lotions that dry out easily without leaving a film on the surface as this can increase the risk of slipping.

You should pay special attention to the nails as well.

Just like there can be fungal infections of the foot, there can be fungal nail infections as well. And there are many other nail conditions that can cause discomfort. You need to trim your nails regularly but make sure that you don’t round the corners. Doing so will lead to developing ingrown toe nails. The proper way to trim your nails is to go straight across the nail. And make sure you use proper nail clippers instead of any other sharp objects as this can lead easily to fungal infections. If you are suffering from an infection, you can book an appointment with your local podiatrist and they will be able to diagnose the issues and provide treatment. They will also give you valuable advice on how to take care of your feet and nails better. There are many lifestyle changes that can be done to achieve healthy feet.

So many foot conditions can be avoided by wearing the right shoes.

You need to make sure that the shoes you wear support your feet adequately without being too tight. If you are wearing high heeled shoes, these should not be worn for extended periods as there are many foot problems that can be caused by this. And footwear should be worn when you are walking in public areas such as gyms, locker rooms, pools etc. Footwear should not be shared as this can lead to the spread of infections. And when you are washing your feet, you need to inspect the feet regularly for any irregularities such as swelling, cuts or any discolouration. Exercising is also good for improving circulation in your feet and strengthening muscles. Breathable footwear and socks can prevent foot odour. You can also use foot powder or sprays can also help prevent moisture that can lead to bacterial and fungal infections.

Alan Bruce
the authorAlan Bruce