Fungus, infection, ingrown toenail, athlete’s foot . . . the list of conditions that we cross our fingers and hope never to get is long and worrisome. And can a do-it-yourself pedicure at home protect us from all risk of disease? Well, our podiatry practice has a list of hygiene reminders and safety tips for your pedicures, regardless of the location.
Before the pedicure
- Examine your feet. If you have cuts, bruises or bug bites of any kind, do not get a pedicure.
- Examine your surroundings. The floor, stepstool, table and other surfaces should be clean. The room should be well-ventilated.
- Examine the pedicurist’s hands and feet. If you see dirt, cuts or rashes, put off the pedicure.
- Make sure that all pedicure instruments are within easy reach, for a clean and timely process.
- Foot baths should be clean and well-lined.
During the pedicure
- Remove all existing nail polish, nail decoration, etc. before starting the pedicure.
- Examine the instruments at every stage. All instruments must be sterile before use. A good nail salon will work with your own instruments if you bring them to the appointment.
- Disposable items like toe separators should be discarded immediately after one use.
- If the pedicurist coughs or sneezes into the hands, hands must be washed and hand sanitizer used before returning to your pedicure.
- Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too close, to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Do not tear or scrape cuticles, to avoid infection.
After the pedicure
- Wait until nails and feet are completely dry and well-moisturized before donning footwear.
- Focus on how your feet feel between this pedicure and the next, and not just how they look. If you experience any discomfort or see anything out of the ordinary (e.g. pain, swelling, inflammation), contact one of our podiatrists right away to address the problem and treat the possible infection.
If your feet need medical attention
If your think your feet are not at peak health at any stage of the pedicure —before, during or after— please contact our office at any one of our six locations in Tennessee (Hixson and Chattanooga) and North Georgia (Ft. Oglethorpe and Dalton) by phone or online appointment request. Every one of our podiatrists is ready to work with you to ensure that your feet not only look great, but remain healthy.