Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 02:12 pm

If you do not take good care of your feet, you run the risk of your toenails becoming infected.

Symptoms of infected nails

Symptoms of infected nails include the following: thickened, distorted in shape, dull with no shine, brittle, crumbly or ragged, a dark colour which is caused by debris, separation from the nail bed, slightly foul odour, and lastly, pain in your toes.

Ways to take care of your feet

You can take care of your feet by washing them daily, and drying them thoroughly thereafter. To ensure that they have dried adequately, use a tissue and dab underneath the end of the nail.

Moisturise your feet sufficiently with a good quality moisturiser. This will help to ensure that you skin is left soft and supple and will thus help prevent it from drying out and becoming cracked.

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Feet require lots of fresh air so try and stay barefoot whenever you can. Fungal growth is encouraged by warmth and moisture or sweat, so when purchasing shoes, be sure to buy well-fitting ones that give your toes plenty of room.

In addition, try to purchase socks that are made of cotton or natural fibres that allow your feet to ‘breathe’.

Toenails should be kept neat and trimmed across in a straight line.

Athlete’s foot should be treated immediately, in order to avoid it spreading to the nails.

Don’t forget to exercise your feet and flex your toes. Daily walking is a great form of foot care – it stretches and strengthens the feet and keeps the blood circulation active.

Seek professional advice if you are worried or concerned about the health of your feet and toenails. Don’t try and disguise or hide the problem by applying nail varnish – rather try to improve the health and condition of your nails.

Source: Dis-Chem Benefits magazine, Issue 51, Spring 2015

 

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