Nails can be cut using nail scissors, nippers or clippers – whichever you find easiest to use.
Nails should be cut straight across and not too short. Cutting too short or into the corners can lead to painful in-growing toenails.
Loosen any rough skin at the edges with a soft nail or toothbrush then use a moisturising cream.
Finish off rough edges with a file.
It is common for nails to thicken as you grow older. Thickened nails can often be kept under control simply by filing them. You can use a foot-file, large nail-file or emery board.
Most nail care is a routine feature of personal hygiene, rather than a health problem. For this reason, the Podiatry Department does not offer a regular nail cutting service.
Page last reviewed: 9 October, 2023