It’s the Thanksgiving season, with everyone gearing up for the big day at the end of the month. Even if you prefer to wait and plan your menu the week of Thanksgiving, it’s never too soon to think about everything you’re thankful for. This can be anything from your favorite pair of socks to regular diabetic foot care. Diabetes can cause all sorts of problems for your feet, so anything that keeps your feet healthy is worth celebrating this season.
Diabetic foot care is a vital part of preventing avoidable diabetic foot complications. This care includes your footwear choices, daily cleaning, and regular inspections for changes or damage. This should also include toenail care. Keeping your nails healthy and appropriately trimmed is important for helping prevent ingrown nails or nail infections.
However, clipping your toenails can be tricky with diabetes. Accidentally injuring yourself could lead to complications. Proper toenail trimming technique is important to help prevent any avoidable issues. Here are a few tips to help you clip your nails correctly:
- Cut your toenails after a foot bath, when the keratin is softer.
- Trim the nails straight across to be roughly in line with the tip of your toe.
- Make small cuts to avoid breaking the nail.
- Gently file the end with an emery board to smooth it out.
- Don’t cut or round the edges or corners of nails.
- Never clip your cuticles—this may provide an opening for an infection.
- Reconsider trimming your nails yourself if you have diabetic neuropathy.
Diabetic neuropathy means you aren’t able to feel small injuries when they occur, so you might not notice you have a problem. This can eventually lead to foot ulcers. Instead, let our experienced team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you with proper toenail trimming.
Don’t take your diabetic foot care for granted or forget about your toenails. Our team can help you keep your toes, nails, and overall feet healthy and beautiful. Just contact us for an appointment or more information by calling, faxing, or using the web request form. To reach the Chandler location, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375. To contact the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.