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Pesky Toenails! - Adaptive Toenail Cutters For Quadriplegics?

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#1 mikeC5/6



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Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:57 AM

I am completely independant except for one thing.... These ###### toenails! I'm an incomplete c5 and i can not figure out how to cut my own toenails! I have tried an adaptive nail clipper that is lengthened to allow more leverage to no avail. I swear to god my nails are half steel its ridiculous. Anyone have personal experience or ideas to throw out?

#2 edlee


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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:10 AM

I just go to a pediatrist. I screwed them up pretty badly and had to go. Then I found out that medicare will pay for them to be trimmed,, so I've been going back every two months, since.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:40 PM

If someone lacks insurance, as Ed has, just go to a salon and get a pedicure. Cheaper, plus the lady will rub your feet.

#4 In The Wind

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:23 PM

Mine have become so brittle they pretty much just shatter if I mess with them. But I normally use a sharp set of cutters on them...that or just peel them back

#5 Boggs52



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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:07 PM

I just go to a pediatrist. I screwed them up pretty badly and had to go. Then I found out that medicare will pay for them to be trimmed,, so I've been going back every two months, since.

You tell him. I go to a foot doc as well. 35 bucks every 3 months to get it done while gazing at a fairly cute assistant.

I stopped cutting my own when one day got out of the shower, got on the bed, pulled my right foot up into position to cut them, and heard the horrible sound of my femur breaking. On the plus side, that was about the time I was also put on on calcium and fosamax.

Save yourself the hassle, go to a podiatrist.

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