Summer Pedicures - What Your Podiatrist Wants You to Know

Pedicure Don'ts

•    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. 

Pedicure Do's

•    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.

This information and more can be found at the American Podiatric Medical Association website,

posted 05/01/2017 in Podiatry

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