Even though the weather is getting colder and most of us are putting away our sandals for the fall and winter, keeping our toes healthy and clean is still important. There are plenty of problems our toenails can face, which is why prevention is the best course of action. Don’t start acting once it’s too late! Instead, keep an eye on your toes and follow this simple guide to keeping your toenails in the best shape all year round.
What To Watch Out For
Even if your toes stay nice and warm in your boots this fall and winter season, it doesn’t mean they’re safe from any potential problems. Call a podiatrist if you notice the following:
- Nail discoloration
- Brittle nails
- Crumbling nails
- Ingrown toenails
- Toenail fungus
- Toenails falling off
Preventing toenail problems isn’t too complicated compared to the hassle of treating a potential condition. To avoid any pain and discomfort, add these habits to your daily routine:
- Wash your feet every day with warm, soapy water
- Change and wash your socks frequently
- Wear shoes in public pools and showers
- Never share your toenail clippers with others
- Ensure your nail salon is clean and uses sterile tools
- Keep your feet dry by using absorbent cotton socks and anti-fungal powder
- Put your shoes on rotation so each pair can air out in between wears
What Can You Do?
So, you’ve noticed some unusual activity with your toenails. What’s the next course of action? Always contact your podiatrist for help. But until you see them face-to-face, here are some things you can do in the meantime:
- Sterilize your toenail clippers
- Keep your nails trimmed to a comfortable length
- Make sure your feet are clean and dry
- Take Advil or other pain relievers for pain and swelling
- Never use over-the-counter or DIY nail “fixes” – wait until you see your podiatrist
If you’re dealing with any nail problems, it’s crucial that you contact your podiatrist immediately and schedule an appointment.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.