If you don’t clip your toenails you risk the chance of them growing too long, becoming ingrown and/or causing discomfort as you walk. Trimming your toenails may seem simple enough, but it isn’t something that should be done carelessly. This is why our staff at Orange CA Podiatry put together a list of toenail trimming basics so that you can give your feet the care they deserve.
· Cut straight across – Guide the clippers across the nail of each toe and avoid cutting them in a curved shape.
· Use appropriate toenail clippers – large clippers are for toenails, small clippers are for fingernails.
· Leave nails a little long – If you cut them too short, ingrown toenails occur. It can also leave your nails susceptible to infection.
· Cut nails when they are dry, not wet – wet nails may be likely to tear, bend, or not cut smoothly because they’re softer when wet. Cutting dry nails will give you a cleaner, smoother cut.
· Make a few small cuts – don’t try to clip the toenail in one snip. Make a few small cuts across your nail first and then trim them.
· Don’t cut cuticles – Cutting them can cause bleeding or infection. Instead, try using a cuticle stick and push them back.
If you have questions about foot care, please give us a call. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide at our office, visit www.orangecapodiatry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Orange CA Podiatry in Orange, CA, call 714-628-1992.