Toenail trimming quick guide

Toenails that become too long can become uncomfortable and even begin to cause pain when pressed against your shoes. Cutting them at the right time is equally important as doing the actual trimming of the toenail.

Cut the nail when dry

Cutting the toenails when dry allows for a cleaner and more precise cut. This will save you time and unneeded pain if you were to repeatedly cut the same nail. When your toenails are wet they tend to be softer than normal and won’t easily cut. Avoid cutting your toenails immediately after a shower or oddly after the swimming pool.

Cut in increments

A few small trims to each toenail will do the job. Trying to take the entire part of the long nail off in one attempt will bend the nail or awkwardly cut it. Small cuts help with precision too! Now your toenails can look good and trim. If you do happen to bend the nail in half, leave it alone for a few hours in order to heal from the irritation.

Avoid cutting down to the skin

Cutting your toenails too low can make them prone to infection and cause pain. It’s smart to leave them a little longer to avoid this. Choosing the size of your nail clippers can help with this tip.

If you have any questions about safely trimming your toenails give us a call at (303) 422-6043 or make an appointment online at