Summer Pedicures - What Your Podiatrist Wants You to Know
• Don’t shave beforehand because small cuts on your legs may allow bacteria to enter.
• Don’t use the same tools for both your pedicure and manicure as bacteria and fungus can transfer.
• Don’t allow technicians to use a foot razor to remove dead skin because it can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly.
• Don’t round the edges of your toenails as this shape increases risk of ingrown toenails.
• Don’t share nail files with others. Emery boards are extremely porous and can spread germs.
• Don't use any sharp tools to clean under nails because you may puncture the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
• Don't leave any moisture between toes as it can lead to athlete's foot or a fungal infection.
• Cuticles serve as a protective barrier against bacteria, so don’t cut or incessantly push them back.
• If you suffer from thick and discolored toenails, which could be a sign of a fungal infection, don't apply nail polish to cover up the problem because polish locks out moisture.
• If you have diabetes or poor circulation, consult a podiatrist for a customized pedicure plan.
• Make sure your salon filters and cleans the foot tubs between clients, uses a new emery board for each client, and uses proper sterilization techniques for utensils (you can always bring your own).
• Schedule your pedicure first thing in the morning as tubs and utensils are cleanest earlier in the day.
• When eliminating calluses, gently use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub after soaking feet in warm water for at least five minutes.
• Use a toenail clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenail is cut straight across to reduce ingrown toenails.
• Gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove the dirt and build-up you may or may not be able to see.
• Use a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick to gently push back cuticles.
• If toenails are healthy, you can use nail polish to paint toenails; make sure to remove polish regularly using non-acetone nail polish remover.
posted 05/01/2017 in Podiatry
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