Foot Care Tips from a New York Podiatrist: Proper Pedicure Precautions

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 8, 2013 4:41:00 PM

pedicure setSpring is in full swing and no doubt you ladies out there are blowing the dust off your open-toed sandals that show off your pretty toes. There’s just one problem. Your toes haven’t seen the light of day for quite some time. What must a woman do? Get a pedicure of course! Whether you decide to go to a beauty salon or give yourself a pedicure at home, here are some helpful tips directly from a New York Podiatrist at Adler Footcare to help keep your feet looking fabulous.

 

1.  If you have specific foot problems, like diabetes or poor circulation, it’s recommended that you consult a podiatrist first. Sometimes they will suggest a customized pedicure to address your specific issues.

 

2. Cleanliness is your biggest concern at a beauty salon. Check with the salon tech to make sure instruments are properly sterilized, or even better, bring your own pedicure instruments for the salon to use. It’s also a good idea to try and schedule a pedicure first thing in the morning because this is when the foot baths are the cleanest.

 

3. Make sure toenail clippers with a straight edge are used when trimming your toenails to avoid ingrown toenails, a common problem our podiatrists see here in New York City that is easily treatable. You don’t want to shape your toenails into a round edge because it increases your chances of getting ingrown toenails.

 

4.   When cleaning under your nails, don’t use any kind of sharp tools. These could puncture your skin and leave it open to infection. Emery boards used to file your nails are an ideal environment for trapping germs and can transfer bacterial infections if they are shared. So don’t use your friend’s nail file!

 

5. Be gentle when pushing back your cuticles. Your cuticles serve as a barrier to protect you from bacteria. So, cutting them can increase the risk of infection and pushing them back too much can actually make them thicker.

 

6. To eliminate the thick, dead skin us New York Podiatrists call calluses, first soak your feet in warm water then use an exfoliating foot scrub, pumice stone or foot file. Don’t let a foot razor be used to remove the dead skin on your feet because it can result in permanent damage if used improperly and can lead to infection.

 

7. If you are getting a pedicure and covering up your nails with polish because you’ve noticed that your nails have become thick or discolored, it could be a sign of a toenail fungus infection. In this case, you want to visit a podiatrist right away.

 

If you noticed the underlying theme above, most precautions to take when getting a pedicure are so that you don’t get an infection. So, before you pick out the latest “it” color of pink nail polish for your toes, consider the tips above and if you’re in the area, visit our New York Podiatrists at Adler Footcare to help with any of your foot care needs.

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Topics: Foot Care