The blades of low-quality nail clippers can become dull and jagged after as few as three or four uses. But a high-quality nail clipper never needs to be replaced and can be a pleasure to use.
Diabetics are prone to foot problems. Their feet often have poor circulation, and many diabetics have difficulty seeing or reaching their feet due to arthritis or vision problems.
Soak your feet in a warm tub for no longer than five minutes. Soaking for longer than that has been shown to reduce blood circulation and dry feet out. Make sure the water is not too hot, especially if you have numbness in your feet as you can easily get burned.
Do not attempt to trim a nail in a single clip. This flattens the nail out, which can cause horizontal cracking on the sides of the free edges. Instead, use three to seven clips per nail. Start with a small clip from one side of the nail, and work your way toward the middle…repeat the process from the other side of the nail. Then make a final clip across the middle.
Dry your feet thoroughly with a towel, including the spaces between your toes and the toenails themselves.
Clip no closer than one-eighth to one-quarter inch from the hyponychium to avoid nicking it. Use a nail file to smooth the nail edge after clipping.
Use your toenail clippers to cut each nail straight across, staying away from the connective skin tissue. Cutting the toenails too short can cause sores or blisters to form. You can also use an emory board to gently file toenails to maintain their straight shape. Do not file the skin around the nails as this can also cause blisters.
Nail clippers with straight blades generally are preferable to those with curved blades. People often opt for curved-blade clippers because their nails are curved, but a straight blade works just as well when you use the proper multicut nail-clipping method, and straight blades are safer—the corner of curved nail clipper blades are prone to nicking the hyponychium.
There’s no need to buy both fingernail and toenail clippers—one good toenail clipper will work for both.