I can't believe it's already time for my toes to come out of hiding. I did my toes and my daughter's the other day, and the whole experience reminded me of summer. Speaking of summer, if you leave in Georgia, you know it will come early. Below are a few tips that will help you get your feet summer ready.
An ingrowing nail:
Tight shoes can compress your toes and force the flesh into the nails. This condition is called ingrowing nail.
Solution: Soak your feet in a tub of warm water at least 3 times a week to reduce inflammation. If you experience pain, you need to see a podiatric surgeon within 48 hours.
Tips: Cut your nails straight across and just beyond the tips of your toes. And wear roomier shoes.
Yellow nails: ( one of my problems)
If your nails are yellow, thick, and flaky, you may have a fungal infection. This yellowing of the nail could also be a stain caused by some chemicals in your nail polish.
Solution: See a foot doctor instead of trying to solve the problem by yourself.
Tips: Dry your feet completely and sprinkle absorbent powder into your shoes to avoid moisture. Try to avoid nail polish that has harsh toxins in it.
Calluses: Calluses are your body’s way of protecting stressed skin. If you wear high heels, or walk around barefoot, this condition can happen to you.
Solution: Use a callus file in the shower. Don’t file to hard to avoid making the problem worse. You can also use some over the counter product to help soften your feet.
Tips: Rub Vaseline on your feet every night before bedtime and put socks on to help your feet stay soft.
Bruised Nails: Recently something fell on my husband's big toe, which caused an area of the toe nail to become very dark. I could easily see the blood under the nail. Don't worry if that happens to you. The body will heal itself and the nail will fall off eventually.
Solution: Apply a dark nail polish to hide the dark spot.
Tips: Gently cut off the old nail as the new one grows in.
Note: Tea Tree Oil can also help fight fungal infections. It can be expensive, but you will get your money’s worth.
Tweezerman Combo Clipper $12.00
Use to cut ingrowing nails
Apply before applying before your regular nail color
Butter London 3 Free Nail lacquer $14
Camouflage your colored nails