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How do I cut thick toenails?

You could have thick toenails for a plethora of reasons: fungal problems, old age, or damage from a traumatic injury. Proper nail trimming is important, so here are our tips on how to cut dense toenails.

First, soak your feet for about 10 minutes to soften up the nail. Make sure you’re very careful. While it’s easier to cut your toenails when they’re soft, it’s also easier to cut too short, which could create ingrown toenails or infections that lead to diabetic ulcers and wounds. Use a sharp nail clippers or nail nipper to make short, straight cuts across the toenail, starting at one side. Too big cuts could crack or tear the nail.

If you’re afraid you’ll hurt yourself when trimming your toenails, don’t hesitate to call the McDowell Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434. We offer medical nail trimming so you don’t have to go through the unnecessary pain and complications that come with cutting them yourself.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.