Podiatrist in San Leandro, CA
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1300 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
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Proper toenail care, including regular trimming, is essential if you want to keep your feet looking and feeling good. However, even in the best of circumstances, toenails can be tricky to trim. It requires a certain amount of flexibility, balance, and concentration for most of us to get all the way down there and make clean cuts. The process is even harder if your nails have been thickened by any number of potential conditions.

We provide toenail trimming services.At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, we provide a wide range of nail care services, including medical toenail trimming and pedicures. If for any reason you feel like you can’t self-clip safely, give us a call—we’ll be happy to do it for you, or show you how.

Should I Have a Podiatrist Trim My Nails?

Sometimes due to thickness, disease, injury, or other conditions, your toenails may be simply too tough to cut on your own, or they may need additional care to heal. Our nails naturally thicken with age— slowing metabolism, reduced blood flow, and accumulated wear and tear over the years are typical culprits, as are fungal infections. These also alter color and texture, making nails crumbly and stiff. Traumatic injuries can lead to permanent thickening, and ingrown nails can be debilitating and hard to fix on your own. We can help.

Another reason you might consider having us handle your trimming is if you have diabetes. Diminished sensitivity in your lower limbs due to nerve damage can prevent you from noticing injuries, while reduced circulation delays your healing process. When combined, these factors greatly increase the risk of serious, damaging infections. Having Dr. Michael Stein or Zeinelin Ahmad, DPM trim your nails minimizes the chances of complications and allows us to get a good look at your feet to check for other warning signs.

The Guidebook for Proper Toenail Trimming

If you do choose to go it alone, be sure to cut nails straight across from corner to corner—do not curve, and don’t make them too short. This greatly reduces the likelihood of getting an ingrown toenail. Making many small cuts instead of one or two large ones is safer as it prevents accidental chipping, cracking, and tearing. Filing after trimming can help reduce rough edges, thickness, and shape, and smooth the plate appropriately.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

We understand—it’s not always easy letting someone else help you with a task like toenail trimming. A lot of us are sensitive about our feet. Fungal infections, for instance, may be embarrassing for a lot of people to admit. Many would rather hide their imperfections than ask for help.

Please don’t! Thickened and fungal nails are very common. At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, we want to help you get back to looking and feeling your best. Sometimes, a good professional trimming and an evaluation or treatment is just what you need.

If you notice any changes in your toenails—whether you need help trimming or not—contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, today for an appointment. You can reach us through this website, or stop in at one of our 3 convenient Bay Area locations—San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos. 

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