As I’ve previously discussed on this blog, getting a pedicure puts you at risk of contracting a foot fungus, virus or bacterial infection. Even knowing that fact, however, is unlikely to stop you from indulging in at least the occasional spa treatment so here is a list of ways to stay safe when getting your toenails done from your Houston podiatrist:
- Don’t let your cuticle be pushed back and
- Don’t let your cuticle get clipped (both 1 and 2 can allow bacteria to enter the delicate skin around your toes.)
- Don’t allow your nails to be trimmed at the corners—instead, ask your pedicurist to trim nails straight across or with a slight curve to 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 to avoid fungal contaminations.
- Skip the whirlpool soak—tubs are almost impossible to sterilize and can become a hotbed of bacteria. Only simple glass or metal bowls, both of which are easy to sterilize, can be considered safe to put your feet into for any length of time.
- Avoid the salon altogether if you have diabetes—even a small nick during the pedicure could cause a major infection or ulcer. Leave the foot care to your podiatrist and just get your polish applied at the salon if you still feel the need.
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.