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What Is The Proper Way To Trim Toenails When You Have Diabetes?

You may have seen instructions that say to cut your toenails straight across. However, this practice often leaves a sharp corner on the nail. It makes more sense to trim your nails with the contour of the toe, being sure all sharp edges are cut or filed smooth. The length of the toenail should be even with the end of the toe.

It is not a good idea to cut into the edges of the toenail or to try to treat ingrown toenails yourself. This sort of ‘bathroom surgery’ is very risky for people with diabetes. If you do injure yourself, seek medical attention for any injury that does not heal promptly. If you have nerve damage or poor circulation and you cut yourself, see your Podiatrist right away. Do not wait until you develop an infection.

I can tell you from extensive experience, no one does ingrown toenails better than a Podiatrist, we can quickly and efficiently remove the piece of nail, and help heal the area very quickly. It is when people play around with the area, and neglect it, that all the problems arise.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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