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How to Cut Toenails Properly | Foot Care

Learn how to cut toenails properly with this Howcast video about foot care.


Hi. I'm Dr. John Fritz, and today we're going to talk a little bit about how to cut your toenails properly. The best time to cut your toenails is immediately after a bath or shower when your nails are soft and supple. You should use a proper toenail clipper to cut your nails, and the nails should be cut straight across.

I usually recommend to my patients leaving at least one millimeter of white showing at the tip of your nail, sort of like what a French manicure looks like. Avoid cutting into the sides of your nail, whereas this can lead to an ingrown toenail.

Don't push your cuticles back when you cut your nails. Leave them there. They are there for a reason. They help prevent bacteria and infection from going into the actual nail matrix.

A light emery board also works wonderful to smooth the nails and prevent jagged edges and to prevent them from catching on your socks.

If you are an athlete, runner, tennis player, basketball player, I usually recommend to cut your nails more frequently, because repetitive trauma at the tip of the shoe can lead to a black toenail or an infected ingrown toenail.

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