Are you thinking about getting a pedicure or other spa treatment to celebrate the kids going back to school? I’m all for it, but just be ware—pedicure infections are really easy to get, even in high-end salons. While the worst infections can come from non-sterilized utensils, something as simple as the water in which you soak your toes could harm your feet.
Fungus and bacteria thrive in water, and when you have moving liquid, like in a pedicure soaking tub, bacteria can get flushed into tubing, piping and filters. Once that happens, it can re-enter the tub every time water is poured in for a new user, unless everything is properly cleaned.
Don’t start freaking out just yet—even if there is bacteria in pedicure water, you aren’t automatically going to get a foot infection. Bacteria can only cause you foot problems if it enters your body through broken skin.
Because no one can guarantee that a salon is taking appropriate precautions to clean their pedicure basins, I would highly recommend pushing off pedicures for at least 24 hours after you’ve shaved or waxed your legs, or nicked your skin in any way, as you may have created small openings on your skin that would leave you vulnerable to infection. And of course, it should go without saying that if the skin of your foot or leg is broken in any way, keep away from a foot spa unless you are absolutely sure that the place properly disinfects its equipments and tubs. I guarantee that your pedicure won’t look pretty if you end up with a terrible foot infection!
Even if you take all the right precautions, sometimes you can still be unlucky and pick up a foot or toenail infection after getting a pedicure. Don’t take chances with this type of infection—waiting too long to see your