Believe it or not there is actually a correct way to cut toenails. With keeping some tips in kind, you can prevent problems with your toenails.
- Don't cut your nails too short. There should be at least 1-2mm of the white part of the nail remaining. Don't wait for them to grow too long either; if they are too long, they may break off unevenly, or get caught on your socks or sheets and traumatically tear causing an injury.
- Cut your toenails straight across. It is tempting to cut at an angle in the corners either to make them look nice or to "dig" a corner out, but resist the temptation! This is a sure fire way to irritate the corners and perhaps cause an infected ingrown nail. See your podiatrist if you see a corner of the nail growing into the skin
- Don't cut your cuticle. A better way is to push them back after soaking in water or using a lotion or cream
- If your toenails are too thick to cut, if they hurt, or if they are discolored, see your podiatrist! This could indicate a fungal infection, trauma, or an impending nail infection or ingrown nail. Our doctors may suggest a nail biopsy to properly diagnose any underlying cause of your toenail problem.
If you have any foot or ankle questions from dermatology to sports medicine, give Prairie Path a call. Our doctors will be able to diagnose your problem and come up with a treatment plan.