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How To Cut Toenails

How To Cut Toenails

Charles Goldman, a chiropodist podiatrist explains how to cut your toenails in this video. He goes over how to avoid problems with the toenail and how to avoid having ingrown toenails.

Hello, I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified chiropodist podiatrist. I run The Foot Pad chiropody and physical therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today, I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and their treatment.

In this short film, we are going to discuss cutting toenails. The first point we have to point out is that toenails grow at a different rate to fingernails, therefore, even though you can manicure your fingernails and cut the fingernails round because they grow quickly and they are exposed and do well and they don't cause problems, with the toenails, you have to be aware that you must only cut them straight across. Otherwise, because they grow at a slower rate they could grow into the toe and give you and ingrown toenail, which is far more serious.

The nail grows in a groove called a sulcus at the side of the nail. This is a fleshy channel, which supports the nail. If you cut the nail down the side, it can then grow into the spongy nail groove and cause an ingrown toenail, which is best avoided, so remember to cut your toenails just straight across and file them if necessary if they are a bit rough, but do not cut down the sides, this is critical.

A lot of pedicurists do cut down the sides and that causes problems for us chiropodists. So, this is the way we would treat toenails, so remember, cut them across. .