What causes your toenails to get thick?

Toenails can thicken as a result of sudden or repeated trauma or injury. Mostly, this happens to people involved in sport or exercise, such as soccer players, runners, and dancers, but also to people with ill-fitting shoes. Often, thick nails due to injury are mistaken for fungal infections.

What do podiatrists use to cut thick toenails?

Heavy duty podiatry-grade toenail clippers: We recommend ClipPro nail clippers for our patients. The ClipPro Toenail Clipper is the best consumer nail clipper we have found for extra thick and irregular nails. Its jaw opens up to over 1″ wide and the top of blades is slightly curved to contour around your nails.

Can thickened toenails be reversed?

Thick toenails can be reversed if the underlying cause is addressed or proper preventative measures are taken. Polishing rough surfaces to make them smoother is a great way to treat thick toenails. Avoid pedicures because they may cause fungal infection to flare up when cuticles are removed.

How do you cut thick toenails at home?

Tackling thick toenails
  1. Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften your nails.
  2. Make small cuts with the clipper to avoid splintering the nail. Then cut straight across.
  3. If thickened toenails are too painful or difficult to cut yourself, call us for advice or an appointment.