It may not seem like a difficult task, but the way in which you clip your toenails can have a direct impact on the overall health of your feet. When clipping your toenails, start by soaking your feet for three to four minutes in warm water to cleanse the area and soften the nail. Soaking your nails will also help reduce the risk that your nails will split upon trimming.
Using a clean, sharp nail trimmer, clip your nails straight across until they do not extend over your toe or do not show any white section of the nail. Be sure not to cut your toenails so that they have rounded or tapered edges, as this will increase the risk of ingrown nails. You may also consider filing your nails after trimming to remove any uneven edges, but your nails should be dry before you begin filing.
For more tips on caring for your foot and toenail health, contact Family Foot Center by calling (347) 625-5256. You can also click on the link to visit our website.