Diabetes Foot Care Step 6:

Trim Your Toenails Every Week or When Needed

Long uncut toenails are hazardous to your health

 

  • Trim your toenails with clippers after you wash and dry your feet. This is the best time because they will be softer, making them easier to safely cut.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and smooth them with an emery board or nail file. Do this carefully.
  • Do Not cut into the corners of the toenail. This can cause you all sorts of problems leading to infections and amputations.
  • If you can not see well, or if your toenails are thick or yellowed, or very brittle, have a foot care doctor trim them.

Remember: Safety first.

TIP: Make sure to call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

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