Anyone else have problems with cutting their finger nails/toe nails?

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Anyone else have problems with cutting their finger nails/toe nails?

Post by lizzie1991 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:32 pm

Hi everyone, obviously through researching Dyspraxia and comparing my own coordination problems I've had a good think about what problems I have. Before having a really good think I didn't consider certain things I have or had as coordination problems. Maybe I just don't grasp the whole coordination problems thing as I just think about the bigger well known things like people catching balls etc. I have never fully looked into my own difficulties. I realise I have more than I have let on throughout my life.

Anyway regarding my title has anyone else had problems with cutting nails? I can cut my right nails with my left hand with no problem on the right amount of pressure to cut. However I rarely cut them in a straight line so I have to keep going over them again and again so they are as straight as can be.

My right hand on the other hand is slower than the left and I cannot control the pressure needed to cut properly. I can get it done at a very slow rate but it makes my arm feel knackered. I know I have the body strength and know what to do but it's as though the hand and fingers are too weak. There doesn't seem to be what I would call a safe dexterity for little tasks such as this in the right hand. This is quite a strainous task for the right hand, it is as though there is a tensing up going on the same time as the stiffness and floppyness. I do get the cutting of the nails done but at a very careful and slow rate and no straightness of the nail cutting. As I've said with the left I have to keep going at it until they are straight enough. Would this be classed in itself as a coordination problem?

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Re: Anyone else have problems with cutting their finger nails/toe nails?

Post by firemonkey » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:12 pm

I can cut my finger nails ok, although doing the fingernails on my left hand is quite a bit more difficult. Doing my toenails is another matter entirely. I really struggle with that. I use nail clippers not scissors.

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