There are many prevalent themes of the holiday season, but the one that
often springs to mind is “giving.” We all spend so much time
picking out the perfect gifts for the people we care about, but have you
given any thought to spending a little time on you? It doesn’t take
much, but your body will know that it is appreciated when you give it
some attention and care, especially your overworked feet, tired toes,
and neglected toenails.
One of the ways to show your body how much you care is by paying attention
to what you put in it. Foods that are rich in zinc, biotin, and vitamins
C and B-12 will lead to happy, healthy nails. Zinc and vitamin C are antioxidants
that protect your nails from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable
molecules that harm cells and organs when they build up in your body.
Biotin and vitamin B-12 strengthen your nails and prevent them from becoming
brittle and breaking easily.
Eating well is certainly important, but there are other steps you can take
for healthy feet and toenails. At the end of the day, pamper yourself
with relaxing foot care. Wash your feet with soap and warm water, rub
them to relieve tension, and examine your nails. If they need to be trimmed,
cut them straight across without rounding them off.
As you are looking at your toes, make sure that your nails are not discolored,
brittle, or dull. If you notice any of these conditions, it is possible
that you have a toenail fungus. Should this be the case, make an appointment
to see Aleisha Allen, DPM, and put that fungus to rest.
Preventing a fungal condition is clearly preferable to treating a fungal
condition. In order to help prevent this situation, wash your feet regularly,
wear sandals or shower shoes in public locker rooms and pools, and use
antifungal spray on your feet and inside your shoes.
Having healthy, happy toenails will go a long way towards having your own
happy holidays. If you live in the greater Houston, TX, area and need
foot or ankle care,
schedule an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists by calling (713) 467-8886.