Curved, thick or ingrown toenails
Proper toenail care is a very important part of good foot health. But, sometimes it’s made difficult because of toenails that are very thick, curved or ingrown.
Thick toenails can be a challenge because common toenail clippers often don't have a wide enough jaw opening to accommodate them. Choosing a Wide Jaw Toenail Clipper can be an inexpensive fix. However, sometimes a clipper simply doesn’t have the power to cut cleanly through thick toenails. In that case, we recommend using a heavy-duty toenail clipper like our Evolution Toenail Clipper, or a Toenail Nipper. Both provide more cutting power to get through thick toenails and leave a smooth edge.
Curved toenails are generally more common on the big toes. For toenails with a mild curve, we recommend using Toenail Scissors or a Toenail Nipper. These tools have pointed tips to get under the toenail and their design allows for smaller cuts. A very pronounced curve can make it nearly impossible to cut toenails with a clipper or even with scissors or a nipper. In cases like this, a coarse Cushioned Nail Board can quickly and safely reduce toenail length. Choose a double-sided board (100/180 grits) to shape and a finer grit Cushioned Board (280/320 grits), Sapphire File, Emery Board or Glass Nail File to smooth.
Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and they are prone to recurrence. To help prevent ingrowns, toenails should be cut straight across and even with the tips of the toes. A Straight Cut Toenail Clipper can make this job easier because the design does not allow users to follow the curve of the toenail and cut into the corners. If a portion of the toenail is already pressing into the flesh at the corners of the toe, some of the pain and pressure can be relieved by filing the offending, sharp edge. An Ingrown Toenail File can lift the edge and file it smooth.