Here in the desert we have two seasons: sandal season and not sandal season. Since it’s almost time for sandal season to make a comeback we’ve decided to give you a few pointers on good nail care, specifically how to trim your nails properly. Having nails that are in tip-top condition is one part of looking and feeling your best once it’s time to break out those sandals.
So just what is the importance of trimming your nails the right way? Unfortunately, our feet are crammed into shoes most of the day, and if you mix that with improperly cut nails you may end up with an ingrown toenail. For some people an ingrown nail is just a pain, but for someone with diabetes it can be very dangerous if an infection occurs. Instead of dealing with the pain, simply follow these steps:
- Trim straight across and not in a curved fashion. This will help prevent the sides from digging into the skin.
- Use toenail clippers as they are larger and designed for larger nails.
- Disinfect your toenail clippers after every use.
- Leave your nails a little long. This will prevent any pain caused by having nails that are too short, and it also prevents the nails from growing up into the skin.
- Trim your nails when they are dry, not wet. When your nails are wet they become softer and are more likely to tear or become jagged.
- Don’t cut them in one shot. Instead, make a few small cuts across the nail.
- File them to get rid of rough corners and edges. You can use a nail file or emery board for this.
Remember to trim your nails every so often, or whenever they become long enough to rub against the inside of your shoes or socks. If you have more questions about proper nail trimming technique please call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.