If you are a hiker naturally you want to cut your toenails proper for hiking. So, you might have wondered how do you even cut toenails for hiking?
Cutting your toenails properly is a crucial step in avoiding unpleasant ingrown toenails, which occur when the nails bend and grow into the skin, causing discomfort and infection.
To properly trim your toenails, there are six major components or stages to follow.
The first step is to make sure you’re using the right nail-cutting instrument. Manicure scissors or nail clippers are acceptable. Regular scissors and blades that aren’t specialised for cutting nails should be avoided.
Two nail clippers should be kept on hand: one for your fingers and one for your toes. Your toenails demand a bigger clipper since they are wider and thicker. You can decrease the risk of germs or fungus spreading between your feet and hands by using separate clippers. Make careful you fully clean your clippers after each usage.
I personally use this podiatrist toenail clipper.
The frequency of cutting is the next phase. Toenails grow roughly 2 millimetres (0.08 inch) every month on average, therefore they should be clipped every six to eight weeks. However, if you’re a really active person or an athlete — particularly a runner — you’ll probably feel better at ease if you cut them more frequently.
Cutting wet or dry nails
You should cut your nails before you shower because when you trim your toenails, they are less prone to flex or rip, resulting in a smoother cut.
Cutting toenails that are quite thick will be easier after a shower.
Time between cuts
The fourth stage is to choose how long you should leave your toenails once they’ve been cut. This is crucial since cutting your toenails too short might increase your chance of developing ingrown toenails. Your toenails are more prone to get snagged on anything and rip if you leave them too long.
Maintaining your toenails at a length of 1 to 2 millimetres is suggested (0.04 to 0.08 inches).
Cutting the nail
The actual cut is the sixth stage. Cut your toenails straight across to avoid unpleasant ingrown toenails. Many people find it best to accomplish this in two cuts: the first with the clippers slightly off the side of the nail to produce a straight edge, then the second to remove the rest of the nail along the line of the straight cut.
Filing the nail
The sixth and last step is to use an emery board to smooth any rough edges that might grab and rip the nail as it develops.
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