Tips for Healthy Nails

Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Here are tips for keeping your nails healthy:

  1. Keep nails clean and dry.

  2. Cut nails straight across. 

  3. Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.

  4. Do not bite fingernails or remove the cuticle. 

  5. Do not use your nails as a tool (ex. opening cans)

  6. Trim toenails regularly. 

  7. When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm salt water. 

  8. Avoid “digging out” ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected and sore. 

  9. Wear shoes that fit properly and alternate which pair of shoes you wear each day.

  10. Wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers only, as it reduces the risks of infections caused by fungus that can get in your toenails.

Note: These tips may vary from person to person and are not intended to  diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disability.

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