Keeping your toenails trimmed properly not only keeps them healthy but also reduces your risk of ingrown toenails and fungal infections. Proper nail care is also imperative for people who have poor circulation or diabetes as small injuries from poor toenail trimming could lead to very serious foot problems. Foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Danciger, offers some easy and healthy tips for the best way to care for your toenails.
What is the right way to trim your toenails?
- Spend a little and invest in a good pedicure kit. Use tools that are specifically designed to cut nails such as toenail clippers or manicure scissors. Using anything else such as a knife or a razor blade is highly discouraged as it could slip and cut the surrounding skin.
- Many people have toenails that are brittle, hard or difficult to cut. Dr. Danciger suggests his patients that struggle with this to wait until after showering or bathing when nails are softened.
- When it comes to trimming your toenails, it is important to simply cut them straight across. Avoid rounding the corners or cutting at an angle. The tip of the toenail should be cut to match the tip of your toe.
- Never rip or yank out an edge that may have not been fully cut. This can leave a jagged edge to your toenail.
- Use a nail file to smooth out the edges of your toenails after they have been cut.
What complications can arise from poor nail care?
- Nails that are cut too short are at risk for curling down and growing into the skin.
- Rounding the toenail edges, cutting corners at an angle or ripping off your toenails all put your nail at risk for becoming ingrown. An ingrown toenail can become a very painful, infected problem that could require surgery to repair in the long run.
- Trimming toenails with improper tools that cause injury to the surrounding skin puts your toe at risk for further injury. Bacteria can enter even the tiniest of cuts and become a serious infection.
- Using tools that are not sanitary can cause nail and fungal infections. Sterilize your tools each time you use them and make sure tools are clean if you visit a salon.
We can’t stress enough that if you have diabetes, neuropathy or poor circulation, it is imperative that you care for toenails properly. It may even be advisable to have toenails treated and cared for by Dr. Danciger to avoid any problems that could lead to more serious issues.
If you notice any changes in your toenails or need help with toenail care, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA podiatric office. Call Dr. Danciger at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment directly from our homepage.