Toe Nail Clipping

By smokeejo Latest Reply 2012-12-15 08:13:00 -0600
Started 2010-04-14 10:22:25 -0500

this may sound like an odd question, but i heard that diabetics need to be careful when clipping their nails, and i was curious why that is.

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Nana_anna 2012-09-16 13:18:36 -0500 Report

Can you go to a nail salon to get pedicures done, when your a diabetic?

GabbyPA 2012-09-18 01:52:03 -0500 Report

You can, but you want to be very careful and tell them you are diabetic. I would personally rather have my podiatrist to it for me. they may not polish your nails, but they will keep you form loosing your toes.

graciepoo 2011-05-28 12:07:58 -0500 Report

As a diabetic I've only had my feet done twice. But as soon as my podiatrist told me how unsafe it was I QUIT!!! I do the pedicures myself. I bought the materials needed and now just make time to pamper myself & be sure I do it with time and patience on my side so I don't harm my precious feet. I've had diabetic nueropathy and IT IS NO FUN!!! So Ladies, please take care of your feet & pamper yourself once in a while. :0)

AuntieM234 2011-06-06 08:00:27 -0500 Report

I don't know where you live (what state) but manicurists in California have rigid standards they must follow. One of those standards is sanitizing all implements and the container used to soak the feet after each use. Under those conditions, if you know for sure the manicurist follows those rules, then I don't know how it would be unsafe. ;-) Mara

Tigereyze209 2011-05-28 10:41:03 -0500 Report

My experiance is that diabetics are often prone to neuropothy in the feet, and we can cut or puncture them without ever feeling the damage. We tend to be slow healers in any case, and the body will only rush healing to areas that have feeling, so infection could set in before your body even starts to send in its repair teams. We also tend to get hurt easy, as in bruises and rashes. Nasty stuff that can take forever to heal.
And lastly, if you cut yourself, and start to bleed, we tend to be very slow to clot, or stop bleeding.
I am sure there are other factors too, but those are what come to mind.
My podiatrist says I'm best off using a file and embrory board to trim my toenails.
For me, it works.
When I can afford it, I also like to have my toenails woked on by a good pedocurist.. a bit pricey, but the results feel wonderfull.. and I am embaressed to admit that bending over to reach my feet is not as easy as it used to be, esspecialy since my gal bladder operation I had just 4 weeks ago…
My two cents worth, keep the change.

GabbyPA 2011-05-28 08:15:15 -0500 Report

I just came across this today

I am with many of you in that I cannot afford the $45 per visit to my podiatrist to have him clip my nails. So I do it myself. I am very careful and I soak my feet before clipping to make it easier to get through my big toe nails. This also makes it easier for me to file them down. I cut straight across and even with the edge of my toe. I always apply a fungus cream to them, as I am prone to that to keep them easier to maintain as well. My hubby also keeps an eye on my feet for me and helps me in that as well.

I would love to have a professional do it every time, but I just cannot and letting them get too long is not an option. Then my shoes don't fit right and it actually damages my toes more if I let them get too long. So at least once a month I pamper my tootsies. We have to be very careful, but you really do need to know how to do it for yourself, because there may come a time when you cannot get to a doctor to do it for you.

MrsCDogg 2011-05-28 06:32:16 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if my insurance covers a food doc. I guess I need to check into that. I've been for a couple pedicures since I've been diabetic but I don't like the idea of sticking my diabetic feet into a tub of warm water where other people have done the same. I'm not sure if they clean those places good after each use. So no more pedi's for me!!

northerngal 2011-05-28 10:22:46 -0500 Report

You are completely right. Some are very careful, others not so much. I wouldn't put my feet in anything that someone else had. The biggest issue for cutting your nails is to be careful not to cut too short, and to avoid cutting into the skin surrounding the nail. Our feet don't heal well because they are the furthest from the heart, so circulation can be an issue. Thats also why many can't feel injuries. Check them daily and be careful. Also, don't go barefoot except on the softest grass surfaces.

annie6556 2012-09-16 14:42:52 -0500 Report

No, no, NEVER go barefoot—period—from my podiatrist a long time ago. Always wear slippers of some kind, to protect your feet from possible accidents—better SAFE than SORRY.

jayabee52 2011-05-28 08:02:31 -0500 Report

I just read where one should NOT get a pedicure unless it is from a podiatrist. And we should NOT do the foot soak either.

The only thing a pedicurist could do for a diabetic is paint your toenaiis.

What color would look good on my tootises?

ethansmimi 2011-05-28 09:16:35 -0500 Report

I'd go with hot pink for summer, lol. I haven't had a pedicure in a long time because they are just too painful. Last time I went with my daughter she said "mom, why are you doing this. It's obviously not enjoyable". She is right. I didn't know I was diabetic then but since I do now, it explains the sensitivity with my feet. I try to remember to take good care of my feet but I do love to go around barefooted.

majikinfl 2011-05-27 19:40:05 -0500 Report

I just finished reading an article on about that very thing. I knew that if you had neuropathy in the feet you had to get your toenails cut by a "foot doctor" but geeze I cannot afford that as often I need them cut and insurance only pays 2 times a year.

Robbibird3 2010-04-29 08:13:16 -0500 Report

I think it is related to diabetic neuropathy. Diabetics have problems feeling sensations. It usually occurs first in the feet. If you cannot feel sensations in your feet you are not likely to know that you cut your foot. Without that knowledge your foot would continue to get worse leading to the process of needing to amputate the foot. This is why primary care physicians have signs in office "If diabetic please remove shoes and socks." At least those signs are posted in the exam rooms of mine. I have lost some sensation in my feet so I will use my hands to examine my feet if I think I feel something, I will have hubby look if he can see something then it's time to call doctor and make appointment. And as stated in the replies diabetics should have a podiatrist and visit regularly. I used to have one because I had to have big toenail removed from left foot. But parts of the nail came back and needless to say I don't wear fancy sandals and call attention to my feet. Flip flops yes although I have been told that I should wear shoes at all times instead of them but it's summer and it's hot so I wear them anyway.

joni55 2010-04-29 08:51:24 -0500 Report

Good for you! I wish I had a husband to look at my feet. LOL Podiatrists are not covered on my insurance. I have medicare and dentists aren't covered either. You would think it was some kind of luxury.

jayabee52 2011-05-28 03:55:49 -0500 Report

Podiatrists not covered by medicare? That was not my experience.

My Jem and I got our toenals clipped every 3 months and we were on medicare, in fact, we scheduled appointments back to back so we had only to make one trip to the clinic.

Dental work was not covered however.

GabbyPA 2011-05-28 08:04:22 -0500 Report

Gee, if I had to wait 3 months I would have Godzilla toe nails. I have to take care of mine once a month minimum.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-04-17 00:20:11 -0500 Report

When I was younger my Dr told me not to cut too low and cut straight across.
Years ago I cut way to low and it started bleeding and caused an ingrown toenail which I believe can lead to infection. For precautions they went ahead and moved it, but it was so painful.
So just be careful when you are messing with your feet!

:) Danni

joni55 2010-04-16 23:22:35 -0500 Report

You also need to be careful if you get a pedicure. They sometimes like to cut off dead skin with a razor. It is now illegal in PA but I did have it done once in Oklahoma.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-10 10:24:28 -0600 Report

Yes my friends locally are opposed to the pedicure places with the chairs and attached foot tubs/whirlpool. They tell me those are breeding grounds for infection for "regular" people much less the diabetic community. I still go to my favorite place. They are the ones who advised me that a razor shaving was not good for the foot. Brushes and microbead scrubs are best. I also found it is good for ladies who shave to loofah and rinse before putting on shaving lotion. It scrubs off dead heads and skin so the razor doesn't open a sore.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-04-17 00:24:20 -0500 Report

It is illegal here in Ga now too. I heard that someone cut off too much skin and because of the germs her foot go infected. In NY they have it were all the customers have their own basket with their own filer, razors and what not - I think they should do that everywhere.

GabbyPA 2010-04-14 12:12:56 -0500 Report

Another reason is that sometimes when we cut our nails we end up encouraging ingrown toe nails and those can be a huge problem. It is recommended that you use your podiatry services at your doctor office. Often they have a special program just for diabetics. My podiatrist charges $45 to do it in the office. It is good because he also gets a look at your feet and make sure they are doing well.

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