My mother is diabetic and has thick nail growth in her feet. How can we cut them while avoiding injury?
In general, if a diabetic has very thick and difficult to trim toe nails, then it is recommended they see a podiatrist for nail care. Often, the over-the-counter nail trimmers are unable to adequately trim thickened toe nails. If not properly cut, this can lead to painful ingrown nails and possibly infections. There is also the chance of causing a cut into the skin of your mother which could lead it slow healing, infection and (in worst case scenarios) amputations. It is important to be very careful in trimming a diabetic patient's nails, and a Podiatrist would be the most qualified to do this with minimal risk. In addition to the trimming of your mother's nails, the Podiatrist will also be able to do a thorough foot exam to assess general issues and health.
Two of the most common are arthritis to the big toe joint and possibly a
thickened nail which can cause pressure and soreness to the toe. It is
important to see your podiatrist to determine exactly what may be causing
the pain, as there are other possible causes and treatments can vary