Those who know me have heard my thoughts on toenail care. All athletes should know how to care for their toenails.
So here’s the story. A runner was talking about how his socks were getting holes in them. He buys good socks made by good companies. But, here’s what he said, “Apparently I have sharp big toenails, so I am less prone to splurging for one of the latest Drymax, Wrightsock, etc products, but if a sock has proven to be particularly durable, I’m all ears.”
He wants durable socks. I understand that. Socks should last quite a while with regular washing and cleaning.
Athletes may have ‘sharp toenails,’ but if this is you, learn how to do proper toenail care. They are only sharp because you have not managed them. You control your toenails. If your sharp toenails are making holes in your socks, trim and files your nails and your socks will last longer. Don’t fault the sock makers.
So how do you do great toenail care? You know the drill. Clip them short, straight across. Then file them so the front edge is smooth and there are no sharp points or corners. Run the file over the tip of the nail to remove any rough spots and thin the tip of the nail.
Tip: If you can run your fingertip over the edge of the nail–up and down, and not feel any rough edges, the nail is good.