Get the Best Poolside Toes for Your Summer Vacation

Sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, beach towel, IPod, water bottle and snacks check off the list if you are getting ready for a fun summer vacation! If you have a hot spot destination in your future and the pool will be calling your name, make sure your nails and your toes are ready to be shown off. Its not rocket science to take good care of your feet, but the following easy tips will keep them looking great, feeling healthy, and ready for vacation.

It is a great practice to regularly check your feet in order to avoid common foot woes such as ingrown toenails and fungal infections. These kinds of problems start out small and sneaky, but can take root quickly and become problems that are difficult to get rid of.

First, tend to your toenails properly. Before applying that spunky new, bright-colored toenail polish, make sure you trim your toenails straight across. Keep them just below the end of your toetoo short or curved and you could wind up with the start of an ingrown toenail, which is a painful problem you dont want hindering your summer fun.

Second, it is best to leave your cuticles alone. Dont cut them or push them back as they actually have the purpose of protecting against fungus and bacteria. Keep them moisturized and they will look healthy.

If you are taking off an old layer or two of polish, avoid using removers with an acetone base as it can strip the nail and cause it to become brittle. Use a smooth, fine nail file and file slowly in one direction. If you prefer to go to a salon, watch that the pedicurist is following these tips and is using completely sterilized instruments and footbath.

If you have any concerns before you go, or you notice a foot or toenail problem while you are looking at your feet on the pool lounge chair, dont hesitate to contact Houston Foot Specialists. Dr. Bowman will get any problem solved quickly. Call our Houston, TX office at (713) 467-8886 or request an appointment online.

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Category: Nail Problems

Tags: Fungal infections, Ingrown Toenails, Toenails