Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to cut your toenails? Some of the most common foot ailments, such as ingrown toenails, can be prevented just by how you trim your toenails. Here are a few tips for the next time you pick up your nail clippers.
Cut your nails straight across: Don’t trim your nails into a curved shape or they may grow into the skin which can cause irritation and inflammation of the skin or an ingrown toenail.
Keep your clippers disinfected: Soak them in rubbing alcohol before and after you use them. This can help prevent bacteria from entering the nail bed, and decrease the risk for infection.
Clip your nails when they are dry: When your nails are wet they tend to be softer and more bendable, making it harder to get a smoother cut.
Don’t Trim your nails too short: Keeping your nails a little longer helps prevent ingrown toenails and infection. Also, if you trim your nails too short it can be quite painful.
Don’t cut your cuticles: Although we see this done all the time in nail salons, it is not good for the nail bed. Your cuticles help to protect your nails. So, fight the urge to cut those cuticles! Cutting them can cause them to bleed and can also lead to infection.
Keeping your nails healthy is simple, yet so important in preventing infections down the line. If you are nervous about trimming your own nails, Dr. Evan Merrill is here to help. Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC wants the best for your foot health. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.