Second Seed at US Open was Almost Felled by Toe Infection

No more pedicures for me, says Victoria AzarenkaIn a posting a few weeks back I warned you that pedicures can be very dangerous—if spas don’t take the proper cleaning precautions, you could end up with a terrible foot or toe infection. Now I have a major athletic star backing up my warnings—the number two seed at the US Open, Victoria Azarenka.

In recent interviews surrounding the 15-day tennis tournament, Victoria Azarenka revealed that a bad pedicure earlier this year almost cost her a second straight Australian grand slam title bid earlier this year.

Victoria said she picked up an infection from a Thai pedicure salon in January, so she now steers stays away from all spas. "I haven't gone back yet to a regular pedicure place, that's for sure. I'm still terrified to do that,'' she said.

Apparently, the infections spread badly and her podiatrist had to perform minor surgery. While it may be over-sharing, Victoria told reporters at the US Open, "When the doctor told me ‘I have to go and cut under the toenail’ I almost fainted right there.''

Because her toenail infection got so bad, Victoria eventually had to withdraw from a Brisbane semi-final in order to have any chance at all to be ready to play in the Australian Open.

Since her ordeal, Victoria has decided that the safest option for women’s foot health is to go the home-spa route.

"I learn how to do it myself or I go to a sport pedicure. Maybe I don't have the perfect pedicure with a French ... but I don't have to worry about the toenails now.''

So take it from a US Open contender, ladies—carefully research your spas before getting a pedicure or, better yet, save yourself the $30, pick up a bottle of polish at the drugstore and do a ‘selfie’ like Victoria Azarenka.

If, however, you have the bad luck of getting an infection at the spa you thought was worthy of your feet, contact us at Tanglewood Foot Specialists and we’ll get you back in the game in no time.

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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