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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

One of the pleasures of summer is getting a professional pedicure with the season’s newest color for a pretty look to wear with open-toed shoes and sandals.  If the salon you choose, however, is not following proper sanitizing procedures you may end up leaving with something that wasn’t part of the beauty package: fungal toenails or a bacterial infection. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips to ensure that your pedicure is safe as well as attractive:

  1. Tools of the trade—since fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, it’s important that the pedicure tools used (clippers, files, cuticle cutters and pumice stones) are all  sterilized between clients. The best way to do this is ensuring that the salon uses an autoclave machine which kills germs with hot steam and pressure. Liquid sanitizers are okay but instruments need to be immersed for at least 10-15 minutes to kill off the majority of germs. The safest bet is buying and bringing your own set of tools to the salon—that way you know you are the only one using them.

  2. Check the tubs—whirlpool tubs at the salon come in two varieties: piped and pipeless. The pipeless ones are safer because fungi and bacteria cannot get stuck in the pipes that cannot be seen from the outside of the tub. Don’t be afraid to ask at your salon which kind they use. In addition, you should see the technicians clean the tubs after each client.

  3. Wear flip flops—bring your own flip flops to wear after your nails are polished. Never walk barefoot at the nail salon.

  4. Shave safe—it’s best not to shave your legs 24 hours before receiving a professional pedicure. Shaving creates tiny cuts in the skin which can be easy access points for bacteria from the whirlpool tub.

  5. Trim properly—be sure that when the nail technician cuts and files your toenails that they cut straight across and not round the corners. Rounded nails encourage nails to grow into the adjacent skin, resulting in an ingrown toenail.

Know the signs of a fungal toenail: discoloration, thickening of the nail and crumbling at the edges. If you notice these signs or anything unusual about your toenails, contact us for an appointment at our Pooler, GA  office so that our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can examine your nails and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

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