Getting a pedicure can be a great way to pamper your aching feet, but it can also open you up to a world of problems. It's important to take special precautions when visiting a salon for you pedicure in order to keep yourself (and your feet) safe from infection.
In clean salons, some procedures are completely safe. But, no matter how clean the salon, there are some procedures that will never be risk-free. Here are the procedures you should avoid in public places.
Four Pedicure Procedures You Should Always Refuse
1. Callous removal
You should never allow a pedicurist to scrape off a callous (especially if you have diabetes.) If scraping goes too deep, it can cause burns or infections, so go for a safer option like lotions will smooth out skin safely over time.
2. Cuticle cutting
Cuticles actually serve a purpose: protecting your nail bed. If removed, you’re once again opening yourself up to infection. Just ask your pedicurist to push the cuticle back, instead.
3. Spa Baths
Whirlpools for your feet, while relaxing, are only safe if properly sanitized—and there’s no way to know how good a job your salon has done. Only soak your feet in plain glass bowls or in tubs fitted with disposable liners. Otherwise, you’re basically soaking in a pool of bacteria and fungus.
4. Ingrown nail treatments
A spa technician is not—I repeat NOT—a valid stand in for your podiatrist. They are not trained to safely treat your ingrown nails and should never be allowed to do so. Period.
Now that you know when to "just say no" at the nail salon, check out a few more tips for keeping your feet safe during a pedicure.
Top Tips for Safe and Pretty Pedicures
After you've refused the most dangerous pedicure procedures, you should make sure:
- Tell your pedicurist to trim your nails at the corners—instead, ask him or her to trim them straight across, or with a slight curve. This will help lower your risk of getting an ingrown toenail.
- Bring your own (brand new) pedicure kit from home. This is the best way to ensure your equipment has been properly sterilized, so you can help avoid fungal contamination.
- Avoid the salon altogether if you have diabetes—even a small nick during the pedicure could cause a major infection that could, ultimately, result in the development of an ulcer. Leave the foot care to your podiatrist and just get your polish applied at the salon if you still feel the need. Bonus points if you opt for a color from Dr. Remedy's line of nourishing polishes. Not sure where to pick up a bottle? We've got you covered! We carry many of the polishes in our office, and if there's a color you want that we don't have, just mention it at the desk and we can order you the polish you want!
Having your feet look pretty is important to many of my patients, but some pedicure-related infections will leave you looking anything but. If you experience any kind of foot pain after getting a pedicure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider ASAP to protect your foot health.