Clipping your nails isn’t rocket science but it has be done correctly. You need to take extra steps to prevent problems from popping up later. Ingrown toenails and infections can occur when the proper rules aren’t followed. Let’s walk through the stages on how to trim your toenails right.
It is better to cut nails when they’re dry. It might not be the easiest task, but it will prevent them from ripping or tearing, which is what they may do when they’re wet. When they’re too flexible and damp, you also may cut them shorter than normal.
Big clippers are the best way to groom your toenails. They’re specifically designed for the job! A freshly washed, sharp pair should make the cut. You can disinfect it with rubbing alcohol to keep it squeaky clean.
When you decide where to start clipping, remember to keep the nails a little longer than you think they should be. When they’re too short, they can grow into the skin and cause an infection. You may have to cut more frequently to keep them at a reasonable length, but those two minutes will prevent weeks or months of pain.
There’s no debate: cut them straight. You don’t want to cut corners—literally. Trim your toenails straight across and don’t curve the cutters down into the skin on the sides. If you keep them a little bit longer and trim in a straight line, the nails can’t burrow. Remember that a couple of snips do the trick instead of one gigantic clip for each toenail.
If you see an infection starting because of ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Gene Reister at the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374. We can give you the best advice and treatment to keep ingrown toenail problems from coming up again.