Use the Proper Tools

Use clippers that are made to cut toenails. These clippers are larger and are meant for larger nails, making them easier to cut. Make sure they are sharp, clean and sanitized- cleaning them with rubbing alcohol before and after use should do the trick nicely.

Cut Your Nail Per Your Anatomy

Often you will hear that you are supposed to cut your nail straight across, and for many people this is the case, however, in my experience, it depends upon the shape of your anatomy. In some instances-cutting or rounding the corners of the toenails is exactly the right thing to do. In other cases-depending upon the anatomy it is correct to cut them straight across. If a person has a toenail that curves significantly and embeds -they need to round these toenails off so they do not cut into the skin and create an ingrown toenail. If you are unsure how you should be cutting your toenails, feel free to ask at your next visit.

Don’t Cut Your Nail in One Shot

Cutting your nail is easier to accomplish if you cut your nail making a few small cuts rather than attempting to get the whole nail in one shot.

Use a Nail File

Eliminate any jagged edges with a nail file to avoid snags and tears as your nail grow. Don’t simply drag the file back and forth. You should gently move the file in one direction over the top of the nail until it is the right length and smooth.

Do Not Cut Your Cuticles

If your cuticles are overgrown, moisturize them with cuticle oil and use a cuticle stick to push them back. Do not cut your cuticles! This could lead to bleeding and/or infection. Pushing them back helps keep your toes looking nice without the causing any unnecessary damage.

Toenails are there to protect your toes from the everyday wear and tear you put on your feet. Proper toenail trimming will protect you from foot problems like toenail fungus and ingrown toenails. So, well cared for and neatly trimmed toenails mean healthy feet.

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Are You Or A Family Member Suffering From Ingrown Toenails In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from ingrown toenails you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.