Question that came up on my job

By Mimiewal Latest Reply 2012-06-28 22:44:19 -0500
Started 2012-06-25 22:51:07 -0500

Is it true that doctors do not want diabetic's cutting their own toe nails? My doctor just told me not to cut my skin for risk of infection but that was all..the reason I'm asking I had a conversation with this lady who's a cna and she says all diabetics are supposed to go to some foot specialist to get. Their toenails cut..sounded like a bit much to me so I wanted to know has anyone else heard this too?

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Alicia 1777
Alicia 1777 2012-06-26 07:30:28 -0500 Report

I have heard of that as well. I guess it is also another way that someone else is montoring the circulation, and making sure that there are no other problems going on. the main thing I was told to see a podiatrist is to make sure it is cut correctly to reduce any chances of injury or infection. I was also encouraged not to even have pedicures to reduce risk of infection.

jayabee52 2012-06-25 23:09:53 -0500 Report

I had been a CNA in Nevada for 10 yrs and I was forbidden to cut the toenails of a person with Diabetes. RNs Podiatrists, and family members were allowed. Different laws in different states.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-26 05:50:08 -0500 Report

Same for me, as a resident assistant, caregiver we're not allowed to cut toenails of the resident. It is done by a nurse or Dr. They know how to do it safely and also they take the opportunity to examine the foot for any problems.
So far I am able to do my own, since I can feel my tootsies, esp. when I make them all hurt when O2 tubing attacks me.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-25 22:58:13 -0500 Report

Yes, this is often done. But, as long as you have feeling in your feet and know the proper way to cut the nails, then you can do it yourself. A Podiatrist can show you how to cut them and go over proper foot care, like making sure your feet are dry, especially in between toes, not going barefoot, etc. It is easy to get infections and sores that don't heal quickly and can lead to big issues.

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