How to Address Ingrown Nails and Dry Cracked Heels

The winter season felt like an eternity. But finally, we are getting friendlier weather and for sure many of us cannot wait to finally put those boots and stuffy socks back in the closet and start wearing open-toed sandals. But before you start parading your feet out in the open, make sure that they are ready for the big debut.

Are your feet and nails ready for their big summer debut? (Tweet this)

Check out our nail care and foot care tips to ensure that your feet and toenails land a beautiful debut come summer time.

Nail Care Tips

For Ingrown Nails

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight puts pressure around the toes which can cause ingrown nails. They are not pretty to look at but more importantly ingrown nails are quite painful too. If you are prone to getting them, you should opt for pairs of shoes that are wider on the toe area. There should be a thumb-width space from the end of the toe to the end of the shoe. You should remember this especially if you frequently go to the gym or if you love running. The same is true for the ladies who love wearing dress shoes.
  • Another way to prevent ingrown nails is by cutting your nails straight across. Avoid rounding them at the corners as doing so tends to cause the nails to grow into your skin. If you cut straight across, the nails are most likely to grow outward. (Tweet this)
  • If it happens that your ingrown nails are causing you pain or there is swelling involved, they may be infected. It is best to go see your doctor or a podiatrist to address the infection instead of fixing it yourself. (Tweet this)

Foot Care

For Dry Skin and Cracked Heels

  • The cold dry winter can spell a lot of trouble for our feet. Dry skin and cracked heels are just 2 of them. To address this problem, apply foot cream around twice or thrice a day. Applying foot cream is most ideal after bathing or showering. You can also use Argan oil on your feet as it is a potent moisturizer.
  • Nobody wants to be seen wearing dry, cracked heels. Plus they are quite painful too. What you need is a heavy duty moisturizer for your night time foot care routine After taking a shower, apply a heavy-duty feet moisturizer and slip on a pair of clean cotton socks. You can also opt for the Argan oil as it is heavily loaded with nutrients having moisturizing properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and sterols.
  • If it happens that your cracked heels become open wounds, do not apply cream or any moisturizer. You have to treat the open wounds first and wait for them to heal.

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