How To Remember While Clipping Toenails
Most people assume that trimming toenails is a simple process that involves clipping away grown nails and waiting for them to re-grow. It may sound easy, but if you do not do things the right and safe way, you can and up with an amputated foot due to infections caused by poorly cut and maintained toenails. Medics have warned that trimming nails the wrong way can lead to growth of fungus, painful ingrown nails and even introduction of dangerous bacteria that could lead to toe amputation or other health complications.
Here are some Safety things to remember while clipping toe nails:
Wash your hands and feet
Soak your nails for a few minutes before you cut them this softens the calcified growths and makes them easier to trim. If your nails are less brittle, you may be less likely to split them. Dry your hands and feet after washing. You can cut your nails while they are wet, but you may have more control over the cut if you are working in a dry environment.
Cut your nails when dry
There is a common misconception that nails should be out when wet. This idea has further been pushed by unprofessional pedicurists who begin clipping away as soon as they take your feet out of water. As much as wet nails appear easier to cut, it is damaging to trim your nails when they are wet. Wet nails will tear and bend, and trimming wet nails can even destroy the skin around the nails. It is important to wash and carefully dry your toes before you start trimming.
Choose your cutting tool
You can use nail clippers or manicure scissors. The choice is largely a matter of preference.
Make small cuts
One of the most damaging things you can do to your toenails is to shove the clipper right into the free edge and chop it off. The force can yank off skin from around the nails. It can also cause blood clots around the nail, especially if the clipper was not very sharp. To make it easier, start by doing small clips from the top as you work your way down. Remember to do this in a clean and clear surface where you can collect all the nails when you’re done. Avoid doing this is heavily carpeted areas, as the nails are likely to get lodged inside the carpet. You should also never trim your toe nails near foods and beverages as they can get into food and choke you or someone who consumes the food. Moreover, it is disgusting to find pieces of nails in foods and drinks.
Maintain hygiene during the whole process
Before you start trimming your nails, make sure your nail clipper, brushes, and any other tools you plan to use have been sanitized. Use alcohol to sanitize the clippers and warm soapy water for your brushes. Soak your toenails and scrub your feet before you start trimming. Water softens the nails and cuticles and prevents splitting of nails especially if you have brittle nails. Washing your feet before the trim also means less transfer of bacteria into your nails. Make sure they nails are completely dry before you start trimming.
Do a straight cut
Most people who cut their own toe nails and up with a rounded edge shape. Avoid this shape and opt for a straight cut shape instead. This is because rounded edged nails are prone to developing ingrown toe nails. Doing a straight cut is easier done by doing two cuts. Start by placing the nail clipper on the side of the nail to create a straight edge. You then remove the nail by following the line of the straight cut that you made.
Be mindful of where you cut your nails
Make sure that you set up a place for the clippings to go; you may offend other people if you leave chunks of your nails strewn all over the floor. Consider clipping your nails into a trashcan or a compost bin. Hold your fingers and toes directly over the receptacle, and try to track down the clippings that fly astray. Try not to clip your nails in public spaces, and avoid clipping near people that are talking.
Do not get too deep
It can be tempting to keep trimming your toe nails, but you should always bear in mind that over trimming can be dangerous. The desire to make the nails too short so that you do not have to bother with them for a long time can be overwhelming. For others, the need to trim is pushed by a compulsion they have created out of habit, and then there are people who confess that they keep trimming so that their shoes can fit better. Whatever your need for excessively short nails is, always remember that if you cut too deep, you and up exposing the sensitive skin under your toe nails. This can lead to bacterial infections that may even interfere with walking. If you want to maintain your cuticles, use a cuticle stick. You can get them at most stores in the beauty and health section. Never cut your cuticles, as this may lead to bleeding and serious infections.
Cut your toenails
Use the same strategy that you used on your fingernails. Toenails are typically thicker than fingernails, so make sure that you don’t use too small a set of clippers. Cut them straight across; cutting back inwards at the edges will increase the likelihood of problems and for diabetics can lead to medical intervention. If you can avoid it, do not use the same set of clippers on your toenails that you used on your fingernails this way, you’ll avoid transmitting bacteria between your feet and your hands.
Use the proper tools
Not all tools are equal when it comes to nail trimming. Avoid the temptation to reach for a sharp knife, scissors or razor blade to cut your nails. Instead, get a good nail clipper or scissors specifically made for manicures. Nail clippers meant for toenails are always generally larger than the one made for finger nails, because toe nails tend to be tougher. Not using the right tools can create unnecessary tension to your nails, cause tears and make the whole process slow and frustrating. Make sure that your replace your clippers frequently. Blunt or rugged clippers can cause injuries especially when you try to force them against your nails.
Pay attention to the pinky
The smallest toe, also known as the pinky, receives a lot of stress on a daily basis. It is the one that is often squashed into shoes that do not fit well, and with time, the nails always get hardened and smaller, with a buildup of dead skin. It is advisable that you gently file the pinky. Move the nail file in one direction. Do not drag it back and forth. Unless your pinky nail is too long, filling is often good enough.
Consider filing your nails after you cut them
You don’t need to file your nails, but the process may help you shape your nails exactly as you want them. Cutting your nails can leave jagged edges but it is easy to file them uniform. Use a nail file, a pumice stone, or any other hard, textured surface.
Inspect your work
As you cut or file, periodically check your nails to ensure that they’re all the same length and shape. Make sure that they’re smooth jagged or pointy nails may prove painful and inconvenient in everyday life. Keep clipping and filing until your nails are even.