Protect Yourself from Foot Problems With These DIY Home Pedicure Tips

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 23, 2016 12:00:00 PM

DIY_pedicureHealthy feet in the summer is somewhat of an oxymoron. You work hard to keep them looking happy, healthy and beautiful, but they take a beating in flip-flops, sandals, and being exposed to the elements. You can only get so many salon pedicures before it becomes hard on your wallet. Not to mention, you are putting yourself at risk for potential infections like toenail fungus. Protect yourself from potential foot problems and pamper yourself at home anytime you want with the DIY pedicure tips below.

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The Secret to Doing Your Own Pedicure

Manicurist Mila Yagoudaief showed Health reader Lisa Heywood insider tricks to pulling off a salon-perfect pedi at home.

Create a softening soak

Remove old polish, then pour a capful of a salt-based foot soak, like Sally Hansen Salon Mineral Foot Soak ($8), into a basin of warm water; submerge your feet for 10 minutes. “The salt helps to soften skin and cuticles,” Yagoudaief explains.

Cut and file

Use a clipper to trim your toenails straight across so they’re about even with the top of your toes (leave just a hint of white tip). Next, use an emery board—like the Design Nails Nail Files ($2.49)—to softly round the outer edges of each nail.

Remove the rough stuff

Rub a pumice stone such as Cuccio Earth Stone Pumice ($11) over callused spots. Next, massage on a thick exfoliating scrub, like Barielle 60 Second Mani-Pedi ($25), to gently remove any remaining dead skin. Rinse with warm water.

Get all-over smooth

Lock in moisture by rubbing on a rich foot cream containing shea butter, like Kiss My Face Peppermint Foot Crème ($10). Wind tissues between toes, then apply a base coat.

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Foot problems such as dry, cracked heels, sweaty feet, smelly feet, toenail fungus, Athlete’s foot and general foot pain can happen all year-round, but are often more prominent during the summer. Being proactive and taking proper care of your feet is important. If you’re experiencing foot problems that are causing you chronic foot pain, then it’s time to get help. Otherwise, your problems could get worse and require a more in-depth treatment later.

If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider contacting the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare. At Adler Footcare you’ll find the latest advancements for the treatment of foot problems, such as minimally invasive surgery, placement of the HyProCure® stent, toenail fungus laser treatment, custom orthotics, and more.

We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, Pedicures