Healthy nailsThe Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has the stated mission of “increasing understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants,” while at the same time conserving the plants and their habitats. The members of the society likely have great information on developing a green thumb. Here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we have great tips for growing strong toenails. As with any living tissue, there is always a certain degree of care and attention that needs to be given. Here’s what to do for healthy toenails:

  • Keep them dry. This is a great tip to avoid fungal infections, but excessive exposure to water also weakens nails and makes them more susceptible to tearing. Nail tissue is porous, which means it absorbs water and needs time to dry after being submerged for an extended period of time.

  • Use moisturizing cream. Not to contradict the previous tip, but nails that are too dry can also be an issue. Strike the proper balance with some moisturizer when you attend to your feet at night. Just be careful to avoid the areas between the toes since that can be conducive to fungal growth.

  • Moisturize the cuticles and base. Moisturizing around the cuticle, especially with the right oils, can keep the entire nail properly hydrated.

  • Eat the right vitamins and minerals. Whether you get them through your daily diet or rely on supplements, your nails need biotin and vitamin E for optimal health. In addition to vitamins and minerals, adequate amounts of protein will help keep them strong.

  • Use a nail file…the right way. Filing off rough and sharp edges is an essential part of responsible nail care, but make sure to file only in the same direction. Going back and forth weakens the nail tissue.

Hopefully these tips are helpful in enabling you to grow healthy toenails, but even then they can still become injured and require care. When you have any skin or nail issues on your feet or toes, McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is here to help. Contact our Carmichael, CA office and schedule your appointment online or by calling (916) 961-3434. We can answer any questions you may have and restore your nails to a natural, healthy state.

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