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Nail cutting

Discussion in 'Teaching and Learning' started by music123, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. music123

    music123 Member

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    Any ideas how I could develop strength in my wrist to get through thickened toenails that I wouldnt immediately use the nail drill on?

    Thanks for your help
  2. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    A Judo wrist strengthening technique is to get a thick broom handle / 30mm dowling about 1 foot long. Fix a long string to the centre of the dowl and on the other end tie a weight, maybe a pound - 2 pounds, and then hold the dowl at either end and wind the weight up and down by winding the string around the dowl.

    Or get some tin snips and a sheet of 1mm mild steel and try cutting shapes out of it until your wrists ache, repeat daily until Popeye type forearms are achieved.

    Or do Judo or Jui Jitsu for a few years - the gripping strenght is a main part of the sport.

    Or work for a blacksmith and hammer iron into horse shoes or steel into farm implements , that'll do the trick

    On the other hand just thin the nail first and then you can easily cut the nail and it wont crack off and split at all different angles as you cut it.

    Be happy Dave!
  3. Spod:)

    Spod:) Member

    Have found gripping the nippers with the palm facing upwards gives me a much better purchase
  4. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Why not use the drill first then the clippers?
  5. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member



  6. Cantilever nippers.
  7. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member


    PODKMM Active Member

    New clippers............. works a treat!!!!!
  9. Mr C.W.Kerans

    Mr C.W.Kerans Active Member

    Cantilever nippers do the job more easily.
  10. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Yeah, but they are nasty. Patients say; "Have you cleaned them since you did the roses?"

    Bur then clip is kinder, IMO.
  11. Lab Guy

    Lab Guy Well-Known Member

    Here are links to double action nippers for thick mycotic nails:



    Little effort is needed no matter how thick the nails are with these nippers.

    Prior to debriding hard thick mycotic nails, apply gauze/cotton with 3 WEA on the nails while you are treating another patient.

    3 WEA Solution

    A wetting agent hyperkeratotic softener leaves antiseptic field.
    Coserves valuable time.
    Rapid softening action.
    Will not damage normal tissue.

    After the nails are softer, clip only a portion of the nail at a time and always be cognizant of the nail bed or bleeding will occur. After the bulk of the nail is debrided, then smooth off rough edges with a burr and currette the nail borders.

    The goal is to debride the thick mycotic nails painlessly, with little effort and with No bleeding. That is why patients are coming to you.

  12. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator


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