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How to cut normal toenails

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How to cut my toenails

  • Firstly decide what is best to use. Small clippers like you often get in Christmas crackers are not ideal for cutting toenails, certainly not the big nails, and scissors may be too cumbersome. Proper toenail nippers may be better.
  • Alternatively filing the nails with a metal nail file may be safer. It is certainly a good idea to file the nails after cutting to tidy up any irregularities or edges that could catch on your socks too.
  • It is important to ensure that anything you use is clean too and it is not advised to share instruments with other people.
  • Cut the nails straight across, do not cut or dig down the sides.
  • You do not have to cut toenails too short as this can lead to ingrowing toenails, infection or pain.
  • Do not try to cut the nails in one cut either, it is ok to take several cuts, in line with one another. This can avoid pain and ripping of the nails and filing after will smooth out any imperfections.
  • Some people like to cut their toenails in the bath too. When your nails are wet, they can be harder to cut and they may rip, also you may slip and injury yourself.

We will be posting a video soon on how to cut and file your nails and also a blog post with more information.

When to see a Podiatrist?

With regards to cutting of normal toenails, we advise that you see a Podiatrist if you are having difficulty cutting your toenails or if you would like someone to teach you and advise you.

It is also advisable to see a Podiatrist for nail care if you have any medical conditions such as Diabetes or Neuropathy which could put you at more risk of foot problems.

The Podiatrist may not need to see you every time you need you nails cut, but can offer safety advice and help to keep an eye on things, they will also be able to monitor your foot health overall.

If you have any nail problems, there are many links here to common nail conditions or follow this link to find a podiatrist.

How to cut normal toenails
How to cut normal toenails