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Nail cutting may seem like a simple and routine task, but for some of us, it can be a challenging and sometimes risky activity. As people age, their nails can become thicker, more brittle, and more difficult to cut, making it harder to maintain good nail hygiene. Moreover, the risk of injuring oneself or developing an infection increases, particularly for the elderly who may have reduced vision, mobility, arthritis, or diabetes. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to make nail cutting safe and comfortable.

How To Make Nail Cutting Safe And Comfortable

The following tips will help you cut your nails safely and comfortably. 

Choose The Right Tools

The first step in safe nail cutting  is to use the right tools. Avoid using scissors, which can increase the risk of injury, and opt for a good quality pair of nail clippers. You can choose from different types of nail clippers, including the standard lever-type clipper or the scissor-type clipper, which can be easier to use for people with arthritis. Electric nail clippers can also be another  option for those who have limited mobility in their hands or fingers.

Perfect Your Trimming Technique

When cutting nails, it’s important to use the right technique. Start by trimming the nails straight across, and avoid cutting them too short or too far down the sides, as this can increase the risk of developing ingrown nails. For people who have thick or hard nails, soaking their feet in warm water for a few minutes can help soften the nails, making them easier to cut.

Choose The Right Time

The time of day when you cut your nails can also affect the ease and comfort of the task. Those who have reduced mobility or arthritis may find it easier to cut their nails in the afternoon, when their joints are less stiff. Moreover, cutting nails when they are dry can increase the risk of splintering or cracking, making it more difficult to get a clean cut. If possible, try to cut nails after bathing or showering, when the nails are softer and easier to trim. 

Pay Attention to Safety

Safety is paramount when it comes to nail cutting for the elderly. Ensure that you have natural daylightto see what you’re doing, and a stable surface to sit on. If you’re cutting the nails of a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s, make sure that they’re seated comfortably and are distracted by something they enjoy, like music or television. If you’re cutting the nails of a diabetic, avoid cutting their cuticles, as this can increase the risk of infection.

Ask for Help

Finally, if you’re struggling to cut your own nails, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Family members, or friends can assist with nail cutting, making it a more comfortable and stress-free experience..Better yet, anyone can benefit from visiting a podiatrist, who can provide specialised nail care and ensure that the nails are cut safely and effectively.

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help You?

For all of your foot related problems, our podiatrists at Doncaster Foot Clinic can offer you support, guidance, and care. Our team are experts in a variety of foot treatments, including professional nail cutting services. You can reach us by calling us at 01302 342 971. Alternatively, to stay up to date with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook.

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Nail Cutting For The Elderly: How to Make It Safe and Comfortable