Senior Living Tip: How to Care for Aging Nails

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Nails? Really? Why are we talking about fingernails?! Believe it or not, your nails can tell you a lot about your health. Cleveland Clinic reports that certain changes to your nails can be indicative of health issues like kidney disease, arthritis, and even psoriasis, making it even more important to pay attention to the state of your nails.

Over the years your fingernails have been put through the wringer. Aging nails are more brittle, take longer to grow, and are more susceptible to fungal infections. So, if you have a hard time making it to the salon for a manicure and pedicure, we’ve got a few easy ways to take care of your nails right from home.

Get to know your podiatrist. Taking care of your toenails isn’t some frivolous endeavor that you splurge on once a month. Did you know podiatrists perform pedicures? Also known as a medi-pedi, these are dry pedicures that focus on athlete’s foot, cracked heels, ingrown toenails calluses, and more. You won’t be getting the all-out spa experience you’d get at your local salon, but you’ll get the added bonus of having an actual doctor take care of your feet.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good trim. Long nails are a breeding ground for germs, dead skin cells, and dirt, oh my! Try to keep up with nail trimming weekly. For hard nails try soaking them in warm, soapy water to soften them up before trimming. Softer nails can easily be trimmed with a nail file.

And finally, one of the simplest tips on our list, let them breathe! That’s right, it’s as simple as taking your shoes and socks off, putting your feet up, and giving those tootsies some air. Elevate this relaxing experience with a warm Epsom salt bath for a good soak and finish it off by sleeping without socks on. If you’re one for a nice coat of polish, try giving your finger and toenails a break and go polish-free for a week or two.

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