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Friday, October 24, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


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Nail Clipping and Applying Lotion

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NOTE: Access to this information is not restricted; however, the information found here is intended for use by medical providers. Some videos contain graphic images. Patients should talk with their medical providers about any specific concerns.

Equipment:

  • Nail nipper
  • Emery board
  • Protective eyewear
  • Non-sterile gloves
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Towel
  • Good lighting
  • Comfortable place for the patient to sit and elevate their feet

Procedure:

  • Stabilize toe to be clipped with non-dominant hand.
  • Starting at one edge, clip the nail using a nipper.
  • Use your index finger to block any flying nail fragments.
  • Use small nips to cut along the curve of the toe.
  • Use the emery board to file off any sharp edges, avoid scraping skin.
  • Apply lotion to the dorsum and soles of the feet.
  • Rub lotion into the heels well.
  • Wipe any excess lotion off using the towel.
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Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov