• Trimming toenails w/neuropathy

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Trimming toenails w/neuropathy

    Ok, any tips for trimming toenails w/out taking off a toe? Can't feel my feet very well and everytime I try to trim my nails it seems I try to take bits off my little toe. Yep, I do make sure I'm not bleeding and that I don't have to keep an eye out for infection so my toe doesn't fall off. Thoughts?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      This is getting better for me. Trial and error. If you can stand them touching your feet, you might try going to a nail salon. I know, this wasn't too much help but I know where you're coming from.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Several people on I know w/neuropathy have their toenails trimmed by a podiatrist every 6-8 week. Most insurance companies will cover the cost.

      over 7 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear BuckeyeShelby,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and retired Medical Librarian. I looked at your question and must admit that I concur with either of the two answers you've received already, from ticklingcancer and SueRae1. If your insurance will cover it, I might go with the podiatrist and save the pedicures for a special occasion. But I'd watch the self-help approach, particularly if you end up performing "bathroom surgery". Not the best idea...:)

      Warm wishes,

      over 7 years ago
    • debwadham's Avatar

      I have Diabetic Neuropathy have to be very careful ! My brother lost his right leg just below the knee ! Was treating his wound himself ! By the time went to doctor it was Gas gangrene . I use a nail file on my toenails !

      over 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      You have my sincere sympathy about the toenail-trimming task! I have tried to trim mine, but never have any luck since they're so deformed from chemo. Would go back to my normal salon for a pedicure, but don't want to scare the ladies with what are passing for my toenails now!

      over 7 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I highly recommend going to a podiatrist, especially if you have good insurance or Medicare. It really isn't recommended to have a pedicure under the circumstances, because you wouldn't likely know if you had a problem later. I've been going to a podiatrist every 5 weeks. I feel guilty about how much it costs, but it is the best solution. Fortunately, I'm old enough to have a very small co-pay after Medicare and insurance kick in.

      My podiatrist recommends that if you get a pedicure, have them file only--no cutting or trimming.

      You could also ask about taking Cymbalta, which is known to reduce neuropathy in many people. I've started it, and it seems to help but not to completely cure the problem.

      over 7 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      Mine are looking horrible, so I'm glad you asked the question. I've also noticed that my fingernails have become much more brittle since my treatment ended. Have you experienced that as well? I've been keeping polish on them, thinking it would help, but now I wonder if they would do better with more oxygen, because polish definately hasn't helped!

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      My fingernails are actually stronger than before chemo. I think it's the multi-vitamin. I've always had weak yucky nails. They are still striped because of the chemo. Oh well.

      over 7 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar

      By all means see a professional!!

      over 7 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Personally, I'd use the nail file. The podiatrist would also be a good choice.

      about 7 years ago

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