How to Cut Thick Toenails:

  • One of the questions in our Michigan podiatrist clinics is how to trim thick nails. The best way to clip thick toenails to help the nails look normal and thin is explained below.
  • Following our podiatrist’s instructions to cut thick and/or fungal nails, you can have a nearly normal thickness toenail.
  • If you have diabetes, poor circulation, or are prone to not healing, or bleeding, see a medical professional like a podiatrist and have your nails debrided.

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How to Cut your Thick Toenails:

First, get the right tools. This is critical – the right tools make for an easy job clipping even the thickest nails.

“Cut Nails Pedinova Nail Smoother Nail Grinding Tool: The most effective tool we found is the Beurer Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit.”
– a podiatry-grade electric nail grinder and thinning tool. It comes with bits specifically made to work on thick toenails. The large cone, small cone, and disc bits are made from long-lasting Sapphire and diamond chips. We have tried many of these units over the years, and this is the best one we have found and the one we recommend to our patients. The video below shows how to use the Pedinova Nail Grinder.

Heavy duty podiatry-grade toenail clippers: We recommend ClipPro nail clippers for our patients.” Nail nipper for fungal nails.

Toenail Clipper is the best consumer nail clipper for extra thick and irregular nails. Its jaw opens to over 1″ wide, and the top of the blades is slightly curved to contour around your nails. It is very easy to maneuver and provides a clean and smooth cut.

Only use professional-grade toenail clippers like these for thick nails – don’t try to thin thick toenails with fingernail clippers. It’s usually more painful as they just don’t cut these thick nails very well, and you end up  gnawing at the nail with the nippers.

Follow these instructions for the best outcome in thinning and shortening thick nails.

Soak your toes in warm water for five to 10 minutes. This will help soften the nail and allow you to cut the thick nail more easily.

Shorten the nail: Use the ClipPro nail clipper to shorten the nail if it is excessively long. The clipper opens wider than most, making it much easier to trim thick toenails. If the nail is particularly thick, you can also use the clipper to trim the nail from the top.

To Thin the Top of the Big Toe Nail: While the nails are still a bit damp, use the Large Sapphire Cone Bit (Figure 7) included with
Padova Electric Nail Grinder to grind the thickened nail from the top. Use gentle pressure and grind it thinner until it is the normal thickness or starts to warm. Continue grinding a little each day until the nail is normal thickness. If it gets warm, stop and do a little more later or the following day.
To Thin the Sides of the Big Toe Nail: Use the Long Sapphire Bit that comes with the PediNova Grinder.” cut nails Pedinova long sapphire bit.

Use gentle pressure going up and down the side of the nail. This will thin the sides and help prevent ingrown toenails since the shoe will no longer press into the thickened nail border.

To Thin the Smaller Toenails: Use the Long Sapphire Bit or Small Sapphire Bit (Figure 8). As above, use gentle pressure and grind the nail until it is normal thickness. To prevent injury, stop grinding if it gets warm, then do a little more later that day or after your next bath or shower.

To Shorten the Nail: Start with the ClipPro Nail Clipper (Figure 2) to remove loose pieces extending beyond your toes. Then sand it smoothly with the Sapphire Sanding Disk Bit (Figure 9). Hold the disk to the end of the nail. Clip and sand”>cut nails, Sapphire, sanding disk a bit shorter until you have reached your desired length. Clip your toenails straight across. Rounded corners tend to lead to ingrown nails.

Get your Pedinova Nail Grinder Here

Video: How to Thin Nails with a Nail Grinder
(Nail treatment starts at around 1:10 on the video)

Nail Polish for Thick and Fungal Toenails
Cut Nails Safe nail polish, Dr. Remedy Nail PolishFor women, toenail polish can help disguise nail roughness and thickness and is a nice finishing touch for thick nails. For our patients, we recommend Dr.’s Remedy Natural Nail Polish anti-fungal nail polish; It contains Tea Tree Oil and Garlic Bulb Extract (found to have anti-fungal properties).

Unlike most nail polishes, it does not contain Formaldehyde (a chemical that has been proven to cause cancer), DBP (a potential developmental and reproductive toxin), and Toluene (a chemical that the EPA restricts in our drinking water because it can cause nervous system disorders as well as damage to the liver and kidneys)


Frequently Asked Questions?

What are the best nail clippers for thick toenails?

  • What are the best nail clippers for thick toenails? A pair of nail clippers is a medicine-cabinet essential, whether you prefer doing your nails at home or need a trim between manis and pedis.
  • And investing in good nail clippers can make all the difference, from perfecting your ideal nail shape to getting a nice, clean cut.
  • But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose the right ones for you and your budget.


What we’re looking for:

Blade material: Stainless steel blades were a must across the board when we spoke to experts, with Rose also mentioning that titanium-steel clippers work too. Both materials are hypoallergenic, so they can be used by almost anyone. They’re also easy to clean and rust-resistant to help avoid infections and extend a clipper’s life. Dr. Dana Stern, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist specializing in nail health, suggests investing in clippers made with good-quality steel “as opposed to less-expensive tools that tend to dull and need to be replaced.” The rest of the nail clipper might be made of a mix of metals or plastic, but it’s most important that the blade that cuts your nails is stainless or titanium.

Edge shape: Nail clippers generally come with two different edge shapes: straight and curved. Regarding picking between the two, it usually comes down to preference. Stick with a straight-edged clipper if you like your nails more squared and a curve-edged clipper if you like your nails more rounded. However, if you’re prone to getting ingrown, experts suggest a nail clipper with a straight edge because angling the sides of the nail with a curved nail clipper can encourage the nail to grow into the skin.

Size: Picking the right size of your nail clippers depends on the person. If you’re someone who has smaller fingernails and toenails, you’re probably fine with a fingernail clipper for both. If you have larger or thicker nails, it’s probably best to have a set of both fingernail and toenail clippers, or you might be able to get away with just toenail clippers in some cases. The slightly larger clippers are also great because they provide more leverage for anyone with mobility issues or trouble reaching their toes.

Extra features: There are just as many nail clippers with added features as plain ones. If any features are useful, we’ll highlight them. It’s worth noting that some of these clippers come with nail files, but they’re not mentioned. That’s because almost all nail files on clippers aren’t good enough for normal use, and you’re much better off getting an emery board instead.