Why Can't You Clip a Diabetic's Toenails or Fingernails?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 7, 2020 8:48:10 AM ET

The idea a person cannot clip a diabetic's toenails or fingernails is not always true. However, in many cases, diabetics with onychomycosis develop brittle, thick and hard-to-cut nails, according to Gerrie Summers for About.com. Additionally, diabetics with neuropathy should avoid cutting their own nails to prevent accidentally cutting and hurting themselves.