Ok….Here we go. Its like a right of spring passage, getting the pedicure to show off your pretty toes. I understand women view the pedicure as essential part of the total package. BUT…consider these health risk before you plop down in the chair during your next mani/pedi visit. Yes there are health risks involved and those pretty little toes can be transformed into grotesque, disfigured and discolored appendages dangling from your feet.
Never let them turn on the bubbles while you soak your feet. “The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus,” says Dr. Sutera. Sutera estimates that she sees about 10 to 12 patients a week that come in with fungal or viral infections, like warts and athlete’s foot, caused by build up in whirlpool foot baths. If the skin is cut by accident during a pedicure, you can also get bacterial infections by coming into contact with bacteria from previous customers at your station. She recommends finding a salon that uses pipeless foot baths or individual bath liners to further avoid cross-contamination with previous clients.
Make sure the metal tools they’re using are sterilized between each client… When you walk into a salon, look for tools soaking in that blue liquid disinfectant (a common brand is Barbicide). This effectively kills most microbial life that can lead to infection, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines. Of course, some salons are better than others about cleaning, so make sure your pedicurist is using freshly sanitized metal tools on you.
Some salons might be using UV lights to sanitize tools — you know, those machines that look like toaster ovens (not autoclaves, which kill 100 percent of infective organisms using high pressure and steam). But Dr. Sutera says that popping tools into one of those isn’t a great way to sterilize. “It’s a six-hour process to sterilize instruments,” she says. “You have to get them at really, really high temperatures; you have to soak them in different solutions; they have to be scrubbed. So putting them in that little toaster oven in between clients for a few minutes? I don’t think that that’s really doing much.”
Tell your pedicurist exactly how to cut your toenails and cuticles if you want to avoid a trip to the doctor.
Toenails should be cut straight across along the contour of the nail — never into the corners, since that will encourage the nail to grow into the skin and cause ingrown toenails. So make sure your pedicurist isn’t cutting your toenails into rounded shapes. If you already have ingrown toenails, however, avoid pedicures entirely and see a podiatrist.
Unfortunately, there is no “right” way to cut cuticles, says Toombs. “The cuticle is very protective for the ultimate nail growth, but it’s very thin tissue,” she says. “If you’re concerned about an infection, don’t cut your cuticles, just keep them soft and pliant.” You can do this by lubricating them often and gently pushing them back with a small orange wood stick.
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