14 Jan The Toenail Care Kit Tips
Your Complete Toenail Care Kit
Your feet are always there for you, and they deserve some pampering. If you want to get your toenails groomed and neat, you need the right tools. Here are the right tools for the job.
Your toenails can harbor germs and viruses. Avoid spreading bacteria or developing serious conditions by following these safety tips:
- Wash your tool in soap and warm water after every use.
- Use alcohol to sanitize tools with sharp edges.
- Never share your tools.
- Use sharp tools with care.
Your Complete Toenail Care Kit
Here’s what everyone needs in their toenail care kit and some tips on using these tools properly.
You can soak your feet in the bathtub, but a separate foot tub is convenient. A foot tub allows you to soak your feet while you’re watching TV or sitting at your desk. Some professional foot tubs come with compartments where you can stash your tools.
You can find nail files in a vast variety of shapes, colors, and abrasion levels. It’s easier to file your toenails with a large or “jumbo” nail file. To use a nail file properly, slide it under the edge of your nail. Swipe in one direction only. Filing back and forth can weaken nails.
Pumice is a naturally occurring rock that forms in lava. Pumice is an excellent exfoliator. It’s also a good choice for feet because it naturally repels bacteria. It’s a durable tool that will last for years. For best results, use natural pumice rather than synthetic pumice stones.
- Soak your feet for 15 minutes to soften the calluses.
- Apply the pumice using slight pressure.
- Rub in a circular motion.
- Rinse away the rough, dry skin.
- After each use, wash the stone and let it air dry.
A good toenail clipper is a key part of your toenail care kit. Use a large, well-made clipper that can take on thick toenails. If you have toenail fungus, your nails may be especially thick and difficult to cut. Use caution when cutting them.
- Don’t cut your toenails too short.
- Cut them straight across.
- After you cut your nails, file them to remove rough edges.
- Clean and sanitize your clipper after every use.
Medical Toenail Clippers
It’s difficult to reach ingrown nails, curved nails, and thick nails with a regular clipper. These professional clippers feature a curved blade that is designed especially for cutting ingrown nails and fungal nails. Also known as podiatrist clippers, they make it easy to groom tough nails.
- Use these sharp clippers with care. If you have diabetes, consult a podiatrist before using medical clippers.
- Do not dig at the ingrown nail until it bleeds.
- If you have difficulty cutting your nails, contact your podiatrist.
Corn and Callus Treatment
If you frequently get corns and calluses, keep some of these in your toenail kit. You can find special gels, patches, or creams.
If you have unusually large, thick calluses, talk to a podiatrist. A foot care specialist can use medical treatments to remove them quickly and easily.
Salts and Soaks
Adding salts to your foot bath will help soften corns and calluses. Soaks can also soften and deodorize your feet. You can use plain Epsom salts or soaks in a huge variety of scents.