Toenail Trimming | Elderly & Older Adults Auckland

Cutting toenails for older adults is an essential service that our Auckland podiatrists and chiropodists provide. We know that over time, it can become difficult to manage toenails for a number of reasons. Our flexibility and mobility decrease, making the feet difficult to reach. Our strength decreases, making toenails more difficult to cut through. The ageing process causes changes to toenails, a common one is them becoming harder, thicker and more difficult to trim through. Eyesight can worsen, and conditions like arthritis and general weakness in the hands can make the nail-trimming process much more difficult than it used to be.  Our podiatrists completely understand and are here for you. We’re proud to have served over 10,000 people in Remuera and the surrounds in Auckland. For many of these people, we provide ongoing nail care where we use specialised medical tools to trim through even the most thickened or difficult toenails. We always go above and beyond, working to improve the appearance and comfort of your toenails by using a burr to reduce the thickness of your nails and remove flaky, uneven edges that may otherwise catch on socks or hosiery.  

We’re proud to be the trusted foot specialists for elderly nail care in Auckland.

Aside from trimming toenails, we also work on: Elderly ingrown toenail removal An ingrown nail can be excruciatingly painful, frustrating and dangerous. It occurs when the nail starts cutting into the skin next to the nail, causing pain, redness, inflammation and potential infection.  Treatments can range from simply removing the ingrown portion of the nail to surgical treatment to fix the ingrown nail once and for all. You can read more about what causes ingrown toenails here, and about our different treatment options here.  Fungal nail infections in older adults Fungal nail infections can both have an unpleasant smell and appearance, as well as being highly contagious to your other nails and the people around you. Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discoloured, brittle and thick, and may crumble. An infection may start off as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail and may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and develop crumbling edges. Treatment includes reducing the nail down, making it as thin as possible and starting topical treatments to the infected toenails. If you’re unsure if you have a fungal nail infection – don’t worry! We’re able to test and confirm the presence of fungus in just 5 minutes and with 99% accuracy. You can learn more about fungal nail infections and how to treat them here. Elderly corns and calluses Feel like you’re walking around on painful pebbles? Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Corns have a central core which will often cause pain with direct pressure. Both can be removed efficiently and painlessly. They also don’t occur for no reason – we assess the cause of formation for you specifically and give recommendations on prevention so you don’t have to regularly struggle with them – regardless of your age.  Learn more about corns here and calluses here. Cracked heels for older adults Dry, cracked heels can be very painful for older adults that are still active on their feet. Small fissures in the skin can become painful, bleed and are vulnerable to infection. The good news is that smooth heels are very achievable with a little elbow grease and help from your podiatrist. Treatment involves painless debridement and smoothing moisturiser as well as education on maintenance and prevention. Learn more about cracked heel treatment here.