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Introduction on toenail cutting services

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Nail problems

Nail problems are not usually caused by anything serious. Common nail problems include brittle, loose nails that may change colour of shape.

Your nails may change over time.

It’s normal for nails to:


  • Become thicker or break more easily (brittle) as you get older


  • Become harder, softer or more brittle during pregnancy (they should be healthier within 6 months of having a baby)


  • Change colour, become loose and eventually fall off after an injury

Causes of nail problems

Most nail problems are caused by:

  • Injuries or biting your nails
  • Staining your nails, for example by smoking or applying a lot of nail varnish
  • Not regularly trimming your nails, or cutting them at an angle
  • Your hands often being in water or cleaning products

Nail problems can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious or long-term condition such as:

  • Heart, lung or liver disease


Some medicines can also cause nail problems. Check the side effects of any medicine you’re taking.

Things you can do yourself

There are some things you can do to help with common nail problems


  • Wear rubber gloves if your hands are often in water or you regularly use cleaning products
  • Clean your nails with a soft nailbrush
  • Regularly apply hand cream to your nails and fingertips
  • Regularly trim your nails (it may help to cut them after a shower or bath)
  • Cut injured, loose nails back to where they are still attached, as this helps them grow back normally



  • Do not cut your nails down the edges, and trim straight across the top to help avoid an ingrown toenail
  • Do not clean under your nails with sharp objects
  • Do not wear shoes that pinch your toes, especially when exercising
  • Do not bite or pick your nails or the skin around them
  • Do not ignore fungal infections on your skin, such as athletes foot

Non-Urgent Advice, See a GP if:


  • You do not know why a nail has changed shape, colour or fallen off


  • The skin around your nails has become sore, red, swollen and warm (paronychia), which can be a sign of infection or an ingrown nail

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Information from the NHS website as at 03/05/2022.

Information from the NHS website is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

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