Toenail trimming mistakes you shouldn’t makeadmin
Wrongly cut toenails not only look unkempt. They are often the reason for ingrown nails, pressure points or inflammation. You should therefore avoid these foot care mistakes in the future:
Clippers used instead of pliers or scissors : Nail clippers are handy. But they are by no means suitable for toenails. Your blade is not only too small, but also too round, so that you cannot achieve an optimal cutting edge on your toes. Pliers or nail scissors should therefore always be used for the feet.
Round corners cut: Unlike the fingernails , the shape of the nails on the toes is not a question of taste but of health. If the corners are not cut straight, but rounded, the nails often grow into the surrounding skin and cause severe pain.
Leave sharp edges: Just because the toenails should be cut off straight doesn’t mean that they have to be sharp. Even the opposite is the case. Edges that are too sharp pierce the surrounding skin and cause minor injuries or inflammation. Such mishaps can be avoided by gently filing the corners . But be careful: File only enough so that the edge is soft but the nail is not round.
Cut too short: The nail length is not only important for a well-groomed look, but above all for the health of the nail. The following applies: Never cut the nails too short, but always cut flush with the edge of the toe. Toenails that are too short cannot adequately protect the toes from the pressure of the shoe. If too much is removed from the nail, the nail loses its natural function and can even become inflamed.
Do not share nail scissors : You should never share nail scissors and clippers with others – not even in the family. There is a risk of transmission of athlete’s foot. After use, remove nail residue immediately after use and ideally clean with alcohol or a disinfectant.