In preparation for warmer weather, many people are thinking about how to prepare their feet for sandals and other spring footwear. One of the most popular things to do is to get a pedicure, because who doesn’t love their feet to be pampered? Before you go make your appointment though, it is important to be aware of some safety and health tips to ensure you maintain proper foot health.
- Make sure the place you go for your pedicure is clean and tidy in appearance and up to all of the health standards and sterilization techniques.
- Bringing your own salon tools is your best bet for avoiding transfer of bacteria.
- Having an early appointment decreases your risk of soaking your feet in unclean water. Otherwise, make sure they clean and filter the water between each client.
- As tempting as it is, do not shave your legs prior to your appointment as it increases risk for infection through small cuts.
- Have them file and cut your nails straight across rather than in a rounded fashion. This helps to avoid nail deformities like ingrown toenails.
- Cuticles aid in preventing bacteria from entering the nail area, so do not have them cut.
- If you notice any discoloration in your toenails, avoid having them painted in polish and instead see a podiatrist. Nail polish prevents air circulation in the nail, which could make conditions like fungal infections worse.
Before you get a pedicure, it is important to make sure that there are no abnormalities or concerns in your feet. If you notice any skin, nail, or color changes, see an experienced board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico to ease your concerns. At Syracuse Podiatry, Dr. D’Amico treats a wide range of podiatric issues, including bunions, nail fungus, hammertoe, ankle sprains and fractures, flatfoot, and diabetic foot problems. We also have advanced technology like a digital X-ray for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. For questions or for scheduling an appointment at our office in Fayetteville, NY, please contact us or call us at (315) 446-3668 today!