​The Podiatry Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, shares the proper way for people with diabetes to care for their toenails.

How to look after your toenails

Cut toenails straight across

Cut toenails straight across. Avoid cutting nails too short as this may cause bleeding and formation of wounds.

File toenails with a nail file

File your toenails with a nail file if you cannot bend down to trim them. File them regularly to prevent them from getting too long.

Avoid cutting the sides of toenails

Avoid cutting the sides of your toenails as this could lead to ingrowing toenails and possible infections. Instead, file to smoothen out nail edges.

Ref: M19