Did you know that an average fingernail grows 3 millimeters per month on the average? That it takes 3 to 6 months for fingernails to regrow completely? Toenails, on the other hand, need 12 months to 18 months to do the latter. The nails’ growth rate also depends on other factors such as age, gender, diet, exercise and heredity.
The uses of nails, be it on fingers or in toes, is not yet very clear. However, it is considered to be an important part of the evolutionary development of hands and feet. Just imagine a hand and feet without nails in it! During the early times, fingernails and toenails are used for beautification purposes. In ancient Egypt, henna was used to decorate hands and feet and the nails as well. Nails also have an important role in Hindu and Chinese cultures as they are the symbol of social status. In America and European cultures, clean and well-groomed fingernails are a sign of cleanliness and good personal hygiene. Today, fingernails are much more defined and fashionable given the many colorful products available for nail use.
Since nails are part of the body, they are also prone to trauma and infection. Fingernails are prone to breakage because of the occupation one has and its proximity to objects that may cause them harm. The same can also be said to toenails because its location is the center of human weight. Possible causes of infected nails are ill-fitting shoes, dirty socks, poor hygiene and infected nail tools used to clean the nails.
With these concerns in mind, Carmarthenshire Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Partnership sought the help of Wellbeing Regeneration to provide nail cutting and other foot care services to elderly people living in Llandeilo. With 6 pounds as fee, the elderly can now enjoy free nail trimming. According to Chief Executive Gill Webber of Wellbeing Regeneration, they offered this kind of service to help improving and uplifting the quality of life of a person who is now unable to trim his or her own toenails.
This project is in cooperation with the NHS and 50+ Partnership, and the 5000 pounds grant from Carmarthenshire County Council’s 50+ Champion Cllr Kevin Madge. The organizers aim to extend the projects’ reach, in communities first and then to other parts of the nation.
Their aim to have clean and well trimmed toenails is a first step in combating yellow toe and yellow toe fungus as well. After all, healthy toenails start in with well-trimmed nails.
Irene Miller is a teacher. She loves words and plays with them.