Nail Care is Self-Care: Beyond Polish and Pampering

Aesthetics and health go hand in hand more often than you might think. And when it comes to podiatry, a clear-cut example of that close relationship is nail care. Tending to your toenails isn’t just a soothing beauty ritual; rather, it’s an investment in your overall well-being.

Whether you’re seeking a top-tier pedicure or wondering what at-home treatments might work for you, Sole Focus Foot and Ankle is happy to keep you informed on the options. This blog post will take you through the best benefits that proper nail care can provide, from sanitary pedicures to simple self-care strategies.

Preventative Power

Early Detection of Toenail Trouble

  • By practicing proper awareness of your nail health, you’re more likely to detect early signs of ingrown toenails, a frequent source of pain and discomfort. 
  • Prompt intervention, either through self-care techniques or a visit to your podiatrist, can prevent the condition from escalating and requiring more invasive procedures.

Diabetic Foot Care

  • For individuals with diabetes, meticulous nail care becomes even more crucial. 
  • Impaired circulation and nerve damage can render them less aware of minor injuries or infections, potentially leading to severe complications. 
  • A 2023 study in Diabetes Care emphasizes the importance of regular foot and nail self-examinations as a cornerstone of preventive treatment for this population.

Let’s wrap up with a few dos and don’ts when it comes to pedicures:

DO look for:

  • Medical grade tools.
  • Foot soaks that use Epsom salts or gentle disinfectants.
  • Air-dried nails and quality polishes, complete with proper base and top coats.

DON’T get pedicures that feature:

  • Unsterilized or rusty tools, preferably with the use of an autoclave.
  • Unsanitary practices, such as proper disposal of clippings, disinfection of nail stations, and clean towels.
  • Aggressive nail scraping, which can damage your nail beds.

We hope this blog brought you one step closer to cleaner, fitter feet! If you’ve still got questions or you’re seeking treatment for a health-related concern, schedule an appointment today. The team at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle in Marlton, NJ, would be pleased to assist you.