Just days before her upcoming wedding, Tara Batista of Tampa, FL, went into a nail salon to get a pedicure. Unfortunately, she came out with a life-threatening foot infection that could have killed her!
During the pedicure, Batista noticed something that made her foot hurt; it’s unclear whether the pedicure was stopped at that point. A few hours after the woman left the salon, Batista felt shooting pain up and down her leg. By the next day, Batista couldn’t stand and part of her foot had turned black.
Thankfully, Batista got off fairly easy—she was able to keep her leg and her life. Unfortunately, she ended up in hospital for a week and will have to remain on IV antibiotics for six weeks—meaning she’ll have an IV bag during her wedding!
Clearly, this is not your typical pedicure result, however, pedicure-related infections are more common than you might think! To help avoid pedicure infections, check out my foot-spa do’s and don’ts:
Do: Bring Your Own Equipment
This is really the only way to ensure that your feet won’t be contaminated by other people’s germs. In theory, salons own enough equipment to be able to thoroughly sterilize tools between client visits, but in practice, not all of them do, so investing in your own foot file is your safest bet.
Don’t: Shave Off Your Calluses
A callus is a thickened area of skin that should only be removed by a podiatrist. The most your beautician should every do is lightly file a corn or callus, but it’s best to leave them alone entirely.
Do: Make an early appointment
The busier a salon is, the less likely they are to properly sanitize equipment between customers. If you go early on a weekday things will be calmer (and cleaner!)
Don’t : Go near that whirpool!
The only way to properly clean a whirlpool is to drain it and scrub down the whole tub, even the drain, where sloughed-off skin can get stuck. Because it’s so time consuming, salons don’t do it, which is why so many people have picked up bacterial or fungal infections from foot baths.
Don’t: Cut Your Cuticles
When you take off that protective barrier around your nail, you leave yourself open to infection. Instead of taking off the cuticle, you can let your beautician soften it with cream or oil and then gently push it back.