Toenail Conditions and Prevention - The Texas Foot Specialists

Toenail care often take a backseat to fingernail care. This is because fingernails are more visible compared to its toe counterparts. Toenail care is disregarded since hiding imperfections can easily be done by wearing shoes.

Keeping out toenails healthy should never be taken lightly. Simple foot care can go a long way to keeping these looking great and healthy.  Visit a podiatrist to learn more about proper toenail care. Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller are Podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot conditions.

Here are several tips on how to keep your toenails healthy and in a perfect condition.

  • Eating healthy and Vitamin supplements
  • Keratin is a protein which helps in keeping your nails healthy. This is why you should take proteins to keep your nails healthy and brittle free. Good sources of protein are dairy products, beans, lean meat and eggs.
  • Calcium is also essential in maintaining your nail’s health. Calcium found in milk, cheese and yogurt can do the trick.
  • Vitamin A supplements and supplemental biotin will also help big time. Biotin helps increase your nail thickness and prevents it from cracking and breaking easily.

Wearing of correct shoes and socks.

Wear your shoes alternately and keep them dry. This helps prevent bacterial and fungal infection. When buying shoes, make sure that it fits correctly without touching or banging on your toenails. This can cramp your toes.

For socks, avoid wearing socks made of polyester or nylon. This prevents sweat from airing out and may cause bad odor to your feet. Instead, choose socks made from natural fibers such as wool. Proper ventilation keeps your toenails healthy.

Toenails and Health Disorders

Unhealthy nails are usually caused by external factors such as infection, improper trimming and pedicure. If you notice unusual signs on your nails this might be a result of an underlying medical condition that you need to check with your doctor.

  • Pale nail beds – anemia
  • Yellowish nails with a blush on the base – diabetes
  • White nails – liver problem
  • Sluggish growth, thickening and yellowing of nails – lung disorder

The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston, we specialize in helping people with Toenail disorders. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.

Proper Care for Keeping your Toes Healthy

Toes are usually hidden from sight by shoes. But for those times when it does come into view, keeping them clean and healthy is a must. Pedicures is a simple way of keeping our toes looking great. But if this is done to hide an imperfection then it is detrimental to your toe’s health.

Keeping the toes healthy is an essential part of foot care. Without it, it increases our risks for toenail conditions. Consult a podiatrist if you notice any toe deformity. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specializes in helping people with foot conditions.

Here are a few tips for keeping your toenails healthy.

Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating healthy does not only work wonders on your figure. It too can help your toenails looking great and healthy. A well-balanced diet is important for maintaining the recommended levels of keratin. Low levels of this protein can cause your nails to become brittle and ugly. Eat foods that are rich in Keratin which includes green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts among others.

Trim your toenails regularly. Toenails should be trimmed straight across. Don’t go overboard by cutting into the sides of the toenails. This is to prevent the development of ingrown toenails. Apply a mild antiseptic foot powder after every trimming and give it a gentle massage. This helps limit bacterial growth. Massaging your feet will also help promote proper blood circulation to your toes.

Use correct fitting socks and shoes. This is important especially in children whose nails and feet are still developing. Use socks made from natural fiber such as cotton and make sure that the shoes you are wearing fit correctly. The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.