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  • Writer's pictureLouise Fordham

Why You Should Never DIY Your Toenails: A Podiatrist's Tale of Horror and Healing

As a podiatrist, I have seen my fair share of horror stories when it comes to DIY toenail care. Many people think that it's a simple task to trim their toenails, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. In this blog post, I am going to share with you some of the dangers of DIY toenail care, common toenail problems, and the benefits of seeing a podiatrist for toenail care.

Introduction to Podiatry and What a Podiatrist Does

Before we dive into the dangers of DIY toenail care, let's first talk about podiatry and what a podiatrist does. Podiatry focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. Podiatrists are HCPC registered and medical professionals who are trained to treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, as a HCPC podiatrist, I specialise in treating toenail problems such as ingrown toenails, fungal infections, and thickened toenails. These conditions can be painful, unsightly, and even lead to more serious problems if left untreated.

The Dangers of DIY Toenail Care

One of the biggest dangers of DIY toenail care is the risk of infection. When you cut your toenails too short or too close to the skin, you can create small cuts that can easily become infected. Additionally, if you use tools that are not properly sterilized, you can introduce harmful bacteria that can lead to infection.

Another danger of DIY toenail care is the risk of ingrown toenails. When you cut your toenails incorrectly, you can cause the nail to grow into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and infection. Ingrown toenails can be particularly problematic for people with diabetes or other conditions that affect circulation.

A Podiatrist's Experience with DIY Toenail Care Gone Wrong

I once had a client who came to me with a severe case of toenail fungus. When I asked her how she had been treating her toenails, she told me that she had been using over-the-counter remedies for years with no success. Upon further inspection, I discovered that she had been cutting her toenails too short, causing small cuts that allowed the fungus to enter her toenails.

After treating her toenail fungus, I recommended that she come see me regularly for toenail care. She was hesitant at first, but after experiencing the benefits of professional toenail care, she was a believer. If you would like me to assess and treat your feet please book an appointment with me, I am here to prioritise your foot health.

Common Toenail Problems and How a Podiatrist Can Help

There are several common toenail problems that podiatrists can help with. Ingrown toenails are one of the most common problems I see. This occurs when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and infection. A podiatrist can remove the ingrown portion of the nail and provide treatment to prevent it from happening again.

Fungal infections are another common toenail problem. This is caused by a fungus that grows under the toenail, causing it to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. A podiatrist can provide treatment to get rid of the fungus and restore the health of the toenail.

The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist for Toenail Care


There are many benefits to seeing a podiatrist for toenail care. First and foremost, podiatrists are medical professionals who are trained to a high standard, we are also called Chiropodists, the only difference is Podiatrists are newer trained and the obvious name change from Chiropody to Podiatry; we can treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. HCPC Podiatrists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat toenail problems effectively.


Additionally, podiatrists have access to specialized tools and equipment that are not available for home use. This allows us to provide more advanced treatments and procedures that can restore the health of your toenails.

Finding a Reputable Podiatrist in Your Area

If you're looking for a reputable podiatrist in your area, look no further then Fordham-Rees Podiatry, we are 5 star rated on google and I am highly experienced, friendly, and most importantly HCPC registered.

We don't just care for your feet, we care about you!

Podiatry Myths Debunked

There are many myths and misconceptions about podiatry that can prevent people from seeking treatment. One of the most common myths is that podiatrists only treat toenail problems. In reality, podiatrists are trained to treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, diabetic foot care, and circulation disorders.

Another myth is that podiatry is only for people with severe foot problems. In reality, anyone can benefit from seeing a podiatrist for regular foot and toenail care. This can help prevent problems before they occur and ensure that your feet and toenails stay healthy.

Preventative Measures for Healthy Toenails

There are several things you can do to prevent toenail problems and keep your toenails healthy. First, make sure to trim your toenails properly. This means cutting them straight across and not too short. Additionally, make sure to wear properly fitting shoes and avoid wearing tight or narrow shoes that can cause toenail problems.

Another important preventative measure is to keep your feet clean and dry. This can help prevent fungal infections and other toenail problems. Finally, make sure to see a podiatrist regularly for toenail care, even if you don't have any problems. This can help prevent problems from occurring and ensure that your toenails stay healthy.

(Louise Fordham HCPC Podiatrist)

Conclusion and Why It's Important to Trust a Podiatrist for Your Foot and Toenail Care

In conclusion, DIY toenail care can be dangerous and lead to serious problems. It's important to trust a podiatrist for your foot and toenail care. Podiatrists are medical professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including toenail problems. I am HCPC registered and fully insured for your peace of mind.

If you're experiencing toenail problems or just want to ensure that your toenails stay healthy, make an appointment with a reputable podiatrist in your area like us at Fordham-Rees Podiatry your local friendly Cardiff Podiatrist. We can provide the expert care and treatment you need to keep your feet and toenails healthy and pain-free.

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