If you have thick toenails or fungal nails, it helps to know how to cut and trim them. Since caring for thick nails is one of the most common questions we receive in our Seattle foot and ankle clinic, this 6-step guide to trim thick toenails was created to help patients and online readers. In it, we explain how to cut thick toenails so they look nearly normal, avoid ingrown toenails, unattractive nails, infections, and soreness.

how to cut thick toe nailsThese instructions greatly reduce thick toenails and improve the look of fungal toenails.. As an overview, it is critical to have the proper tools. The right tools make it easy to trim thick nails and make nails look nearly normal.

We highly recommend the PediNova Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit – available here.

This podiatry-grade electric nail grinder and thinning tool is recommended because it does a salon quality job. It comes with various sizes of disc bits and cones made from diamonds and sapphire.  These attachments are designed to thin, smooth and trim nails, as well as reduce cracked skin and calluses. Both professional manicures and pedicures can be done from the comfort of home using the kit.

Here’s how to use the PediNova Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit:

  • Soak toes in warm water to soften the nail and ease of trimming.
  • To thin the top or sides of the big toenail, use the large sapphire cone bit.
  • To thin the smaller toenails, use the small or large sapphire cone bit.
  • To shorten the nail, use the sapphire sanding disc bit.

For complete instructions, read the 6-step guide to trim thick toenails.

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