Having your toenails cut properly is an important step in preventing painful ingrown toenails; a condition when the nails curve towards and into the skin, leading to pain and sometimes to infection. So it is good to know what the best treatment for toenail care is.

1. Nail clippers

Proper nail-cutting tools. Nail clippers or manicure scissors are appropriate. A specialist will always use a fresh sterilised pair of clippers for each new client, reducing the chance of the transference of bacteria or fungus from person to person.

2. Frequency of treatment

Most people’s toenails grow about 2 millimetres a month, so it’s appropriate to cut them every six to eight weeks. Although if you are a very active person or an athlete; especially a runner, you may be more comfortable having them trimmed more often. Likewise, some people may experience faster growth in general and require more frequent treatment to maintain comfort. Toenails should be trimmed to about 1-2 millimetres in length so as to leave enough nail to protect the nail bed and prevent to nails from curling under coursing pain.

3. Cutting wet or dry nails

Should the nails be cut wet or dry? In most cases, the answer is dry; dry toenails are less likely to bend or tear when they are cut, however there are exception. If the nails are thickened, it is often easier to trim them when they are wet and softer.

4. Filing the nail

Smoothing and filing the nails is an important part of the treatment. A specialist will have various tools to file the nails after cutting; for example, an electric machine known as a burr as illustrated in the picture below. This enable the technician to smooth and thin down the nails quickly and easily, without discomfort. Alternatively, an emery board can be used to smooth any jagged edges that could snag or catch on socks of tights potentially ripping either the skin around the toe of the nail itself.


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Cutting toenails seems like a simple task, but, if done wrongly it can result in ingrown toenails, cut skin, or the spread of fungus. Please contact me on 07739 937 080 for any assistance I can give in your foot care regime.