How To Cut Your Toenails Correctly

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

How to properly cut your toenailsKeeping your toenails trimmed and in good condition is important. If you don’t, you could end up like this.

Improperly trimmed toenails can possibly lead to ingrown toenails and infection. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trimming your toenails.  

Trimming Toenails: The Basics

  • Cut straight across:  This is critical! Cut the nails straight across and do not cut the nail  into a curved shape.How to properly cut your toenails
  • Use toenail clippers. Fingernail clippers are for fingernails and toenail clippers are for toenails…makes sense, right? The larger clipper will cut your toenail more effectively. And don’t forget to disinfect your clippers and any other tools with rubbing alcohol.
  • Leave nails a little long. Short toenails can lead to ingrown toenails. Leave them a little longer.
  • Think dry, not wet. Trim those toenails when they’re dry. Wet nails can tear or bend or lead to a ragged shape.
  • Make a few small cuts.  Make a few small cuts across your nail when trimming them. Trying to cut them all at once is not a good idea!
  • Don’t cut cuticles. This is very important to remember…do not cut your cuticles. Use a cuticle stick and push them down. Cutting can cause pain and bleeding.

Remember, if you’re diabetic, it’s critically important to take care of your feet, including your toenails. And get your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist!

If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh and one more thing—if you haven’t already— please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!