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Home Care Tips for Toenails and Dry Skin

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Taking care of skin and nail on feet is important to avoid cracked heels, fungal nails, ingrown nails, and other problems.In Texas, hot weather is the norm, and that means two things: dry skin, and toenails on display in sandals pretty much year round! Taking care of the skin on your feet (and toenails, too) is important to avoid problems that could interfere with your daily activities and hobbies, so check out these tips for at-home toenail care, as well as some helpful hints to prevent dry skin:

Keeping Toenails in Tip-Top Shape

Besides wearing cowboy boots that are too pointy and tight, another cause of ingrown toenails is improper trimming. Be sure to trim your nails straight across without rounding the corners, and don’t go too short—nails should be even with the tips of your toes. Keep nails clean and sanitize your pedicure tools between uses, too, to help avoid fungal infections.

Helping Skin Stay Supple and Smooth

Dry skin on your feet can not only be irritating and itchy, but also lead to conditions like cracked heels, which can become infected and painful. Keep skin from getting too dry by using mild soap and warm water when bathing. Apply moisturizer daily to clean, dry feet (except between your toes). A good time to do this is after you bathe, when skin is still slightly damp and can trap in moisture. You can also put on a pair of socks after applying lotion, or even petroleum jelly, to seal in moisture overnight. Lastly, Texas is known for its dry heat, so another great tip is to invest in a humidifier.

Hopefully these tips will help keep your skin and nails healthy at home, but if you should encounter any problems, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can reach our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online contact form.

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