Are all pedicures safe for your feet?
For many women, getting a pedicure is a treat; a way to retreat from the stresses of life, get pampered and walk out with beautiful feet. Even though it might feel great and relaxing, this treat for your feet could be putting you at risk for injury.
Not all pedicures may be safe for your feet. You simply cannot have a “what I don’t know won’t kill me” attitude. Some salons may not be following proper safety standards and your foot health could be compromised. Foot specialist Dr. Harvey Danciger offers some important tips to stay safe while still enjoying the benefits of a pedicure:
Ask about the footbath. This place could be a cesspool of bacteria just waiting to invade your feet. The salon should be using an appropriate disinfectant in between each and every customer so be sure to ask if yours has been cleaned. If you know that you have a cut, scrape or open sore on your foot or leg, avoid the footbath altogether just to be safe and avoid a possible infection.
Invest in your own tools. Germs can spread from someone else’s feet to yours if the tools haven’t been cleaned properly. You can find an inexpensive set of pedicure tools at many stores and you will know that they have not been used on anyone else.
Never use a razor. A nail technician should never use something sharp such as a razor on your feet. A small cut or removing too much skin could lead to injury. Opt for a foot file or pumice stone instead.
Watch your toenails. Don’t assume they will cut your toenails properly. Ask the technician to ensure your nails are cut straight across to avoid a future ingrown toenail.
If a pedicure gone wrong has left you with an infection, ingrown toenail or other injury, please contact Dr. Danciger for treatment. Call our Palm Desert, CA podiatric office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.