4 Common Pedicure Treatments to Avoid (And Why)

Know what not to do at your next pedicure so you don't put your feet in danger!Getting a pedicure can be a great way to pamper your aching feet, but you must always take precaution to keep yourself safe when entering a salon or spa.  Here are 10 procedures you should never undergo during a spa pedicure:


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
Whirpools 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.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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