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Sunday 19 August 2018

The happy feet checklist!

1. Many products on the market help soften nail and skin. Some contain anti-inflammatory agents, such as tea tree oil, menthol, eucalyptus. Dr Scholl's Ingrown Toenail Pain Reliever may also help. If infection sets in do get medical advice.

2. Nail should be cut straight across and not too short. Never cut them in an oval shape as this can worsen the problem.

3. It's most important to get the proper fitting shoes. When buying shoes, get fitted in the evening time, when feet are at their largest, and wear a good pair of athletic socks for the perfect fit.

4. If ingrown toenails are an ongoing problem, wide fitting shoes or sandals are recommended, an F Fitting is wide at the instep.

5. Soak your feet in warm water with a large spoonful of salt added for 10 to 15 minutes. Dry your feet, slide a piece of antiseptic cotton wool beside the nail. This will lift the nail slightly, allowing growth past the sore point on the toe. Change the cotton wool daily.

6. The nail should not be cut in a v-shape. This is just an old wife's tale. All nails grow out wards from the base, so no v-shape cutting!

7. In rare cases surgery may be required but it's not the normal. Do everything possible to help yourself in looking after your feet.

8. Visit to a good chiropodist. The advice and expertise will help you avoid any ongoing pain, and also help to avoid infection. If the toe is already infected go to the doctor.

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