Under sedation the nails can be trimmed to proper length. Sometimes bandages are used to control bleeding after toenail cutting. If so, bandages should be left on for 2-3 hours before being removed. Re-trimming the nails in 2 or 3 months allows the nails to be gradually cut back to the proper length. Frequent lengthy walks on concrete or asphalt naturally file nails back to their proper length with no stress, pain or bleeding. Long nails indicate inactivity, and an exercise program is indicated.