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Pedicure Considerations

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Now that it’s officially the summer season, our toes are coming back out to see the light! For many women (and some men) pedicures are a summer staple for presenting clean, well-groomed feet. And while they can be helpful for that, pedicures can also increase the risk of contagious toe and foot diseases. Pedicurists, as well as the tools and facilities they use for pedicures need to be properly washed and sanitized after each use or some contagious diseases may spread.

Tips for Avoiding Problems from Pedicures

Salon Pedicures:

  • Schedule a pedicure as the first appointment of the day. This way, your toes are the first they see and are the first time the tools are utilized after they’ve been sanitized. If you are unsure about their cleanliness, ask them to sanitize their tools again.
  • If you have an infectious foot or toe disease, such as warts, an infected cut, or fungal infection, it’s best to treat them before going to the salon as you can spread the disease to others. Make an appointment at our office before you make an appointment at the salon.
  • If they ask you if you want the nails straight or rounded, choose straight as this helps prevent the risk of ingrown toenails.

Home Pedicures

  • Make sure you soak your feet in warm soapy water before you begin. This will help clean your feet, but also soften the skin and nails before you manipulate them. Moisturize after you dry your feet.
  • Use clean tools – if someone in your family has foot disease, it’s best not to share tools. Make sure to clean between uses.
  • Do not be forceful or use tools that cause pain. This can lead to a cut and therefore an infection.
  • Give yourself a foot massage or roll a ball under your foot so that you get the royal treatment you would get if you went to the salon.

General Tips for Pedicures

  • Give your toenails a break from nail polish after each pedicure. This will allow the toenail to breathe and recover from less oxygen. The toenail can turn yellow if it is constantly painted.
  • If you are diabetic, be extra careful with tools, as you may not be able to feel pain. For safe grooming, it’s best to have it done by our podiatrist. You can paint your own toenails, though.

Have issues grooming your toenails or do you suspect an infection from a pedicure? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your toes to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!