What Podiatry clippers should I buy? Part 2 – The clippers
Part 2 of our “what type of Podiatry clippers should I buy?” series will cover more physical features of the clippers, and how they relate to improving the quality of the instruments. Generally, the points discussed aren’t subjective. They’re fundamental in all top quality Podiatry instruments and equipment.
Before we go any further, make sure you’ve covered ‘What Podiatry clippers should I buy?’ – Part 1
There are many features and care techniques which effect the durability and longevity of your clippers, but we’ll limit this discussion to the basic and important aspects.
Podiatry Clipper Spring Tension
Spring tension can aid in the longevity of the instruments by reducing the impact of the cutting edges on one another following the successful cut of a nail. The tension should be high enough to provide resistance against this impact, but not so much that it is difficult for the Podiatrist to operate the clipper. When you transition to new instruments, the tension often feels high, but in reality, the spring was worn out on the old instruments. You shouldn’t notice the increased tension for more than a week or two. If the problem persists, contact your supplier.
Visual Performance Test
When inspecting a new pair of instruments, you should perform a ‘closure test’. To do so, hold the clippers up to a light and close the clippers slowly while inspecting the cutting surface. The surface should come together at the same time in a uniform fashion. If one area is touching and you can see the light through another area, uneven wear and tear may occur, deteriorating the cutting surface of the clippers at an enhanced rate.
Proper Use and Care
Incorrect use of your Podiatry clippers can drastically reduce their lifetime. There are a few relatively common practices which you should be aware of that can have this effect on your instruments.
Using the clippers to remove scalpel blades
There are a number of purpose built tools for removing scalpel blades. Your Podiatry clippers are not one of them! Using the clippers to do this can damage the cutting surface, resulting in a reduce ability to cut the nail or the resultant cut being rough and far from uniform. Don’t get into this habit!
Podiatry Instrument Care
We mentioned this in part one, but it’s worth mentioning again. You should care for your instruments from day one. If you’re not sure about this, here is a link to our ‘Caring for your instruments’ information. It’s never a bad idea to brush up on the basics!