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The concept of a toenail-trimming handbook may seem absurd to some individuals. Everyone naturally picks this up on their own, right? The fact that you’ve always done your toenail cutting yourself doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of the time, the way people cut their toenails is one of the main reasons they end up needing to visit us for their chronic ingrown toenails and other uncomfortable issues.

It’s never too late to learn something new when it comes to your toenails. Check out the advice listed below, and don’t be afraid to get in touch with us if you have any more questions or concerns. 

Should You Cut Your Toenails Straight or Curved? 

This is probably where the discussion on toenail clipping will get heated. Which method of toenail care is preferable: straight across or rounded corners? The best method is to go straight across if you want to lessen your risk of developing ingrown toenails. You can guarantee that your toenails grow forward as they should by giving them a straight trim. The possibility for your nails to grow into your skin is increased by curved edges.

File your nails down softly rather than clipping them off if you are worried about the corners rubbing up against you or catching on to your socks. Though, a very minor roundness is acceptable.

Don’t Trim Your Toenails too Short 

Your nails should never have the white part completely removed. You run the danger of painfully damaging your nail bed if you don’t leave at least a little “strip” of it when you cut your nails. A suitable range is between 1-2 mm of white; this is just enough to prevent cutting too deeply but not far enough to prevent the nails from being hooked or ripped. Toenails typically grow at a rate of 1-2 mm per month. For most people, clipping every 6 to 8 weeks is a decent frequency.

Make Sure to Use the Right Toenail Cutting Tools

The greatest instrument for your toenails might not be the same as the best tool for your fingernails because not all clippers are created equal!

Generally speaking, fingernail clippers are smaller, less powerful, and create a more curved cut. For shorter, thinner fingernails, this usually works well. However, using them on toenails that are thicker and bigger can be problematic. A larger toenail requires more clips to pass through, increasing the risk of jaggedness and tearing.

Another justification for not using toenail clippers on your fingers and vice versa? It’s easy to spread the fungus from one area to another by using the same clippers on your hands and feet. Only use your clippers on your hands or feet. A clean set of toenail clippers is a necessary component of a decent set. Wipe them down by rubbing alcohol cleanser frequently to get rid of any fungus or bacteria that may have hitched a ride, and simply replace them if they begin to appear worn or unsanitary.

Try to Soften Your Toenails Beforehand 

Are your toenails often so hard that it requires a lot of force to cut them with clippers? If they are, avoid attempting to force the matter with tools such as toe nail clippers. Instead, consider doing your toenail maintenance after taking a shower or bath, when the nail tissue is more likely to be soft, and so more manageable. It can be considerably easier to cut your nails, and you get the extra benefit of having clean feet before starting work! To lessen the chance of slipping, just make sure your feet are completely dry before you begin clipping.

However, even if you regularly trim your toenails without issue, avoid doing so shortly after taking a shower or bath. Your nails can become too fragile to work with, and attempting to trim them now could result in tearing.

How Can We Help 

While maintaining good nail-trimming habits can make your feet look and feel fantastic, there may occasionally be additional issues that require professional assistance. Please don’t be afraid to call us about any of the conditions listed below if you are experiencing them:

  • Ingrown toenails that hurt (especially if you suspect an infection)
  • Ingrown toenails that recur (even after you change your trimming habits)
  • Fungal infections (thick, brittle, crumbly, and even unpleasant-smelling nails)
  • Toenails that are dark or otherwise discoloured
  • Nails that are coming off
  • Thickened toenails that have been caused by trauma or otherwise

We can assist you in determining the source of the issue and advising a course of action to help you get back on your feet more healthily and comfortably. You can reach us by email or by calling 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right appointment.

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