HOW TO TRIM YOUR TOENAILS PROPERLY
By Bethesda, MD & Springfield, VA Podiatrist, Dr. Paul Ross of The Podiatry Center
Trimming your toenails seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often people do this the wrong way and end up damaging their toenails.
Here are some common mistakes people make when trimming their toenails and why they’re important to note:
How To Trim Your Toenails
One way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim them the right way about once a month. How? Here are the basics.
Step 1: Soak your feet in a foot bath. This is optional, but it softens the skin and nails, making the process easier. It can also help your feet to smell better, which I’m sure everyone can appreciate. Make sure your feet are dried thoroughly before you move on to the next step.
Step 2: Clip your toenails with toenail clippers. These were designed for use on toenails and are your best bet for a clean and even cut across the nail. While clipping:
Step 3: Use an emery board or nail file to smooth out any uneven edges. This is the best way to cut your nail smoothly without over-clipping because you need “just one more” cut to get them straight without filing.
Things To Remember
If for some reason you can’t reach your feet because of pregnancy or obesity or encounter any challenges, ask for help. This rings especially true for anyone with diabetes because an ingrown toenail or minor foot injury can lead to ulcers and serious health problems.
If you notice any foot injuries, bunions, fungus, or other abnormalities, it might be a good idea to see your Bethesda, MD Podiatrist or Springfield, VA Podiatrist. If you’re not sure if there is cause for concern, please give us a call to find out for sure. Dr. Paul Ross of The Podiatry Center is happy to help you!
Our Bethesda, Maryland (MD) and Springfield, Virginia (VA) Podiatry offices offer the most effective and state-of-the-art, quality podiatry care services with a smile to patients in our local community, including: Woodbridge VA, Fairfax VA, Annandale VA, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA, Burke VA, Gaithersburg MD, Potomac MD, Silver Spring MD, Rockville MD and Chevy Chase MD.
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