Is there a right way to trim toenails?

There are right and wrong ways to properly trim toenails. You should use large nail clippers that are meant for toenails and always clip straight across—don’t round them.  Leave the side edges of the nails intact, so they’re less likely to grow inward. Start at one side of the nail and make small cuts across instead of trying to trim toenails in one shot. Leave the nails long enough to line up with the ends of the toes—any shorter and nails will be more prone to curving and growing inward. You can use a file to smooth edges, but only file in one direction—sawing back and forth weakens the nail.

For most people with healthy feet, this can be done on your own and in your own home. If you have diabetes or another condition that compromises your foot health and immune system, though, it’s best to let Dr. Harvey Danciger help you safely trim your toenails without injuring your feet. You can reach our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108.
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle