By vgarrison Latest Reply 2010-11-09 12:47:11 -0600
Started 2008-11-29 17:08:42 -0600

Does everyone here cut their own toe nails? I was getting pedicures until I was diagnosed and now I am cutting my own, and low and behold I think I'm starting to get an ingrown toe nail…yipppeeee!!!!

I know some people that have to go to a pediatrist to have their toe nails cut, but I can't do that right now. Does anyone use the "special" diabetic clippers…and if so do they work??


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sNerTs1 2010-11-09 12:47:11 -0600 Report

Oh I just had a write up about mine. I lost my toenail after I had gone to a different pedicurist (different from my normal one) who did something and my toe had gotten infected. I finally got sick of it being infected and it hurting that I asked him to take it off. I now am healing from mine but I will never get a nail back there again. We live and we learn.

Thanks Gabby, I never knew to do that to my nails after they get wet, what a great piece of information. I dont use special clippers on my toes at all, but i do disinfect them before i cut my own and never cut them too short =)

Hope this helps you! Hugs and Be WELL ~ Cheryl

SUNNYSAL45 2010-11-09 12:35:08 -0600 Report

Please be careful when you are doing your pedicures to discinfect the utensils before you use them . We have to be careful so that our feet don't get infected. If they start turning red,please go see your dr. immediately so he can prescribe antibiotics.. Take care everyone…

Avera 2008-12-01 22:49:39 -0600 Report

I just knew I had to read this discussion since the title made me smile. lol I cut my own and always have. Here lately it is getting a little harder to do because of a painful hip. I can only bend over for a short time. Scissors are my tool, nice delicate, sharp, and tricky to use. I have been practicling with them for about 30 years now so I do a pretty good job.

Now, I didn't look at your age or to see if you posted it, but I guess you have heard that one's toenails get big time thick after age 50. or sometimes before. The older you get, the harder they get and that is not just for people with diabetes. There might come a time when you have to go to one of those foot docs to get it done. I haven't used that tool you mentioned. I am older, 58. I need a sharp trusty blade to cut through mine. rofl


vgarrison 2008-12-01 23:30:38 -0600 Report


I am only 28. I believe I might have a fungus, but I am not sure…it is only 2 toes on one foot that have become thick and hard to cut. I think I might try an emery board or scissors, for as of now I cannot get my big toe on one foot into a toenail clipper anymore…

Thanks for you input…I appreciate it.


GabbyPA 2008-12-02 07:59:40 -0600 Report

Yeper, that is most likely a fungus, trust me. Been there done that. I actually brought it on myself thru soaking my feet after my first ingrown toe nail. My podiatritist told me to soak daily and I did, but she never told me that I needed to make extra sure my nails were dry.

My new doctor told me how to avoid it with alcahol and it has helped a lot. He also gave me an anti fungal cream to keep it down while I was healing. I still have the tube and use it on occasion, specially when I am outside a lot in shoes that allow my feet to get wet.

Anyway, that is a major contributor to thick nails and when you try to cut them they tend to break down into the toe, and then ingrown nails become an issue. It is a pain in the butt, so watch it carefully.

vgarrison 2008-12-02 14:54:50 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby…I am sorry to hear about your toes…but it is nice to be able to talk to people that have "been there done that"…That is one of the major reasons I LOVE this site…someone on here has already gone thru almost anything I could have questions about…it' awsome.


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-01 20:59:41 -0600 Report

I have a podiatrist cut my toenails. He also told me is I need something to do quick before I see him, I'm to use a naile file so I can't nick or make a cut.
I do you a emery board often on my toe nails and it works great…Debe

vgarrison 2008-12-01 20:49:23 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone!! This was really helpful for me…I know my feet are so very important, and more so now that I am diabetic. I would rather lose a leg, than the alternative of death, but I still really like my feet…I am trying to take better care of them, and not take them for granted anymore.


GabbyPA 2008-12-01 20:42:49 -0600 Report

I have heard mixed things on doing it yourself or getting a pedicure. I personally would either do it myself (that is what I do now) or have my podiatritist do it.

Don't fall for the "diabetic" in front of the product. The thing is to do what ilvtony20 says and cut straight and not too short. The easiest time to cut is after you have bathed, as your nails are usually a bit softer. File them no shorter than the tip of your toes. I have had two ingrown nails. One was removed to grow back, and then when it did, it got ingrown again so I had it partialy removed permanently....yeah. What a relief!

You will have to have that taken care of by your podiatritst. Neither of mine were when I was diabetic, so I don't know what special things you need to do about the ingrown tonail. I do know that it does take time to heal, so do it sooner than later.

My podiatritist aslo told me that if I soak my feet, which I do. To wipe down my nails with alcahol to prevent fungus after the soak. Do that and keep them dry and happy and you will be happy too.

2008-11-29 18:07:23 -0600 Report

I always use regular clippers. I have never had any problems. As for getting an ingrown toenail, I would probably have it taken care of by my doctor. I would just personally feel better letting my doctor take care of it.

caspersmama 2008-11-29 17:36:11 -0600 Report

I use a regular toenail clipper and make sure not to do real close and always do straight across. So far have not had an issue.

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