With the warm weather here, the great outdoors is beckoning. Now is a fantastic time to get to the beach, hit the pool, or maybe go for a hike. However, all this activity can put plenty of wear and tear on your feet and toes. It is especially important to keep each toenail in good shape. To do so, follow these tips.
COMMON TOENAIL PROBLEMS
People tend to forget about their toenails until there’s a problem. However, it’s important to inspect them often. Some of the most common toenail problems include:
- Black or discolored toenails
- Brittle toenails
- Thick claw-like toenails
- Ingrown toenails
- Toenail fungus
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Thankfully, there are some basic things you can do to prevent many of the above problems. First, it’s always best to consult with an experienced podiatrist before trying anything yourself. A few simple things you can do right away include:
- Sterilize your nail clippers
- Do not lend or borrow nail clippers
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Avoid walking barefoot, especially at public pools or showers
- Clip your nails straight across
- Soaking feet in warm water and Epsom salts
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
You should visit a doctor if you’re experiencing any discomfort or pain. Keep an eye out for any signs of infections, such as redness, swelling, or puss. If you see any blood under your toenail, that could be a sign of nail trauma. Fungus might be the cause of nails that are thick, brittle, or discolored. You may need over-the-counter medicine to treat fungal nails if it persists. A podiatrist may prescribe stronger oral or topical treatment. Pain in the joints of your toe might indicate a sprain or even break. Arthritis might also be a cause.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.