Trimming toenails may seem simple enough, but it’s important to do it carefully. While most of us don't need to visit a professional (people with diabetes are an exception) we need to be sure we're clipping our nails properly to reduce the risk of foot problems.

  • 1. Trim toe nails regularly, using proper nail clippers, not scissors. Cut straight across, not too short, and not down at the corners as this can lead to in-growing nails.
  • 2. Leave nails a little long. Don't cut them too short as it's another reason ingrown toenails occur. It can also leave your toenail susceptible to infection. And it hurts!
  • 3. Everyone's nails grow at different speeds, so there's no set time frame for how often you should trim them. Just keep an eye on how long they are and give them a trim before they start rubbing against your shoes and causing pain.

Clean, well-cared for, and neatly trimmed toenails mean comfortable, healthy feet. Your feet are vital if you want to stay active and mobile so keep toes in tip-top shape with proper, regular trims to prevent foot problems.