Happy Toenails, Happy Holidays

Christmas Tree for the Holiday SeasonThere 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.

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