Slide show: How to trim thickened toenailsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Soften your toenails by soaking them for 10 minutes in warm water. Dry your feet and toenails with a towel. Now you're ready to trim them.
Nail nippers, work best. They're lightweight, easy to grip and control, and can be purchased at most drugstores. Nail nippers can be very sharp, however. Take extra caution when using them to trim your nails, especially if you have a disease that causes poor circulation or reduced sensation in your feet, such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease; if you have any questions about trimming your own nails when you also have these conditions, talk to your doctor.Next slide Previous slide
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