There is definitely a proper technique when it comes to trimming your toenails. First and foremost, nails should always be trimmed straight across. If you follow the curve, it could encourage your nail to become ingrown. It’s also a good idea to make several small cuts instead of a single big one to avoid any tearing or jagged edges. Be careful not to cut your nails too short either—they should be even with the tips of your toes. Never trim down the sides of the cuticle as this can cause the nail to re-grow into the borders or corners. If you’ve heard that cutting a “V” at the end of the toenail will help straighten it out—we’re here to tell you that it’s simply not true.
If your toenails are difficult to trim on your own, or if you notice any signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, and drainage, come see us immediately. We will treat your problem and even trim your nails for you if you’d like. With five locations to choose from in Southeastern PA, Podiatry Care Specialists, PC is never far for your foot and ankle needs! Give us a call at (877) 905-5907.