If you can reach them, and see well enough to be able to cut them, then you can cut your own toenails. However, if you have damage to the nerves or blood supply to your feet, don’t cut them yourself unless you have been shown how to, for example by a podiatrist.

Cut your nails when they have grown to just beyond the end of your toes. Use a pair of clippers and an emery board. Trim your nails following the shape of your toe and use the emery board to take off rough edges.

Don’t use anything sharp to clean down the side and edges of nails because this can damage the nail. If you have an ingrown toenail or you think you have a nail infection (easily broken, thick or discoloured nails), don’t try treating it yourself. Make an appointment to see your podiatrist.

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