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Why Can’t You Cut Diabetic Toenails?

Ingrown toenails can be a sign of other underlying issues such as microtrauma in the foot or incorrect functional use of the foot. For individuals that are confirmed diabetics, trimming and cutting toenails can be problematic, especially if the nails are overgrown.

If you are a diabetic and you have an ingrown toenail, it may even be dangerous to visit a salon in order to get a routine pedicure. Oftentimes, common salons do not carry medical grade disinfectants for their tools, and as a result it’s possible to become severely infected or worsen an infection by visiting a salon. At our location, we have a medical pedicure facility which we highly recommend to patients that are suffering from such issues.

The other issue when cutting the toenails of a diabetic is that there is a chance they are suffering from neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition where individuals decrease sensitivity to nerve receptors throughout the body. Most commonly in diabetics, this includes feet and toes. When receiving a normal pedicure, if the salon worker is at risk of causing pain, most individuals will be able to tell them right away, but for an individual suffering from neuropathy a common pedicure runs the risk of causing a lot of damage.

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