Can I get ingrown nails from a pedicure?

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You can get ingrown toenails from a pedicure. You also can get a fungal infection and even a staph infection. That, however, is not a reason to never get a pedicure. There are unscrupulous nail salon owners and operators who do not sanitize their equipment. They ruin their reputation and also those of pedicurists who do what they should.  

To ensure you are getting a safe pedicure in Houston, TX, ask how the instruments and equipment are sanitized. Get a recommendation for a pedicurist from a trusted friend. It's important that the pedicurist trims the nails properly; not doing anything that may create an ingrown toenail. Most importantly, the cuticles should not be pushed back like you may be accustomed to when you get a manicure. Doing so increases the risk for infection.

 

People with diabetes should take extra caution before getting a pedicure. Notify the pedicurist that you are diabetic (the good ones will ask). They will be less aggressive in their care and can tell you if they see anything that a podiatrist should manage. Of course, your Houston podiatrist is always available after a pedicure if you are concerned that anything is wrong.

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