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15 August 2012

Are you cutting your toe nails correctly?

Trimming toenails may seem simple enough, but it’s important to do it carefully. We need to be sure we're clipping our nails properly to reduce the risk of foot problems.

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.