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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 06, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Right Way to Trim Your ToenailsIt may seem like a silly question—how do I trim my toenails? What sounds like a simple task actually poses several health concerns and should not be done carelessly. You depend on your feet daily, treat them with care.

It's all about finesse. Before breaking out the clippers and practicing toenail archery, it's important to understand why this process is so important. Nothing puts a damper on your day quite like an ingrown toenail. If your nail becomes lodged in your skin, it's painful to both your body and your ego. By learning to trim your toenails properly, you can avoid adding insult to injury.

Here we have it! A complete guide to nail trimming from California's very own, Foot Doctor of the East Bay:

  • Trim your nails straight across. Do not follow the natural curve of your skin or end of your toe.
  • Keep the nails a little longer than you'd expect. Trimming nails too short can leave them susceptible to growing inward and could even lead to infection.
  • Wait for your nails to dry before trimming them. When they are dry you will have a cleaner, smoother cut.
  • Take your time. Don't attempt to trim the entire nail with one clip. A few small cuts can go a long way to preserve the health of your feet.
  • Try filing. Gently move a file back and forth in one direction across the top of your nail. Perform this motion until the nail appears smooth and at the desired length.
  • Don't cut cuticles. Cutting cuticles is dangerous and may lead to bleeding and infection. Instead, opt for pushing them back.

There is no set time to wait between nail trimmings. Keep a close eye on their length and become aware of how they feel in your shoes. When you trim your toenails correctly, it translate to happy feet. If you'd like help or have other questions concerning foot care, contact Foot Doctor of the East Bay, in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. Call our office at (510) 483-3390, or schedule your appointment online.

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