If you trim toenails correctly, it can help prevent ingrown nails and other problems. It’s easiest to do this when your nails are dry, since moisture makes them more likely to tear. Use straight-edged clippers to trim the hard keratin flat across. The corners on either side should be intact. Don’t clip the tissue too short. That could leave you more vulnerable to infection. If you use a file to smooth down the tip, drag the emery board in just one direction; this grinds down rough edges without straining the tissue. Avoid cutting your cuticles, too. You need them intact to help protect your toes from infections.
If you’re struggling to trim toenails correctly, or have a condition like diabetes that increases your risk of infection, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT, for help. Use our online contact form or call us to make an appointment or request more information: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.