Many people like to keep their feet feeling their best through pedicures. Whether it is for a wedding, vacation or to look good in new shoes, pedicures can make feet look clean and fresh. There is a need to be cautious, however, when it comes to pedicures.
Dr. Danciger warns patients that there has been an increased awareness about the spread of bacteria and infections through sharing non-sterilized tools and unhygienic practices at salons. You can avoid this type of situation by choosing to do your own pedicure at home.
Whether at home or in a salon, it is best to follow the following pedicure tips and safety measures to keep feet safe, healthy and free from injury:
- First and foremost, if you have diabetes or any circulatory issues, consult with Dr. Danciger before starting a pedicure. A small infection or injury can lead to very serious complications so an evaluation of foot health is essential.
- Soaking your feet in warm, soapy water helps soften skin and clean nails.
- If going to a salon, bring your own sterilized tools and ask to make sure they have thoroughly cleaned the footbath.
- As tempted as you might be, avoid shaving your legs before getting a pedicure. Tiny cuts could allow bacteria to enter leaving you at risk for infection.
- Once feet have been soaked, use an emery board, pumice stone or exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin build-up on the ball, heel and sides of the foot. This helps with calluses as well.
- Be very careful when cleaning your cuticles. Gently push them back with a rubber cuticle pusher. Do not cut them as this increases your risk for infection.
- Use a toenail clipper to cut toenails straight across. Avoid rounding the edges or cutting at an angle as this leaves nails at risk for becoming ingrown.
- Keep moisture in feet with an emollient-enriched moisturizer but avoid in between the toes as this could increase the risk of developing a fungal infection or athlete’s foot.
- Only apply nail polish if nails are healthy. If your toenails are thickened and discolored, this could be a sign of a fungal infection and nail polish should be avoided.
If your feet are not in tip-top shape, see Dr. Danciger first. He can identify any problems such as ingrown toenails, fungal infections, hammertoes, bunions, corns and calluses. A pedicure may feel great but most likely will not fix these types of problems. Our podiatric office can provide the specific treatment your feet need to get them beautiful again. Make an appointment today right from our homepage or call our office at (760) 568-0108.