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Fingernail and Toenail Length!

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So, how long is too long for your fingernails or your toenails? And this is a very subjective, you know, measurement for aesthetic appeal or how it looks so I’m not even going to talk about that. I’m gonna talk about how long is too long for nail health? Because you simply don’t want your nail to grow so long that it acts as a lever or a catch so that when something hits it, it rips it off. That does not feel good! It’s not a good day. So I usually recommend one to two millimeters. Now if you’re in the health field, probably shorter than that and if your toenails are hitting the edge of your shoe, well, they’re too long. You have to have proper fitting shoes where your foot doesn’t slide and smash against the end of your shoe and you have to have your toe nails cut back so that they’re not sticking far out from your toes. Now if you start to see little ridges, horizontal ridges up and down your toenails. That means, probably, your shoes aren’t fitting. Well, and your nail is smashing against the end of your shoe and that is causing damage to your nail. Usually that’s temporary, but sometimes over prolonged use or enough of a trauma it could be permanent damage to the nail, If the part of your toe that grows the nail is damaged itself. Also another tip that your toenails are too long is if they start to curl down. Cut them shorter guys!

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