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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 07, 2017
Category: Foot Safety

It’s that time of year again—warm days mean women are breaking out their sandals and open-toed shoes and getting pedicures with sunny summer colors. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to remind our patients about some important safety tips when enjoying this salon treat. The goal is to avoid a fungal infection to your toenails or feet. Fungi love damp places (like nail salons!). Fungal infections are spread by direct contact so you want to ensure that your feet don’t come in contact with surfaces or items that have touched other people’s feet. Here are some suggestions:

  • Check to see that your salon is licensed. This means that they have to adhere to certain standards for safety and cleanliness.
  • Don’t go if you have an ingrown nail. An ingrown nail, if it actually penetrates the skin, opens a pathway for bacteria. The same goes for any cuts or wounds on your feet and toes. It is also recommended that you not shave the day before you get a pedicure.
  • Ask about the foot baths. There are piped and pipe-free whirlpool foot baths. The pipe-free kind is preferable since bacteria can hide out in the pipes and filtration system. Be sure that the salon cleans the whirlpool baths after each client.
  • Bring your own tools. Reputable salons disinfect their tools or use single-use disposable tools. The safest option, however, is to have your own clippers, orange stick, nail file and pumice stone that you bring with you to the salon. If you are a regular customer, some salons will offer a place to keep your tools.
  • Don’t go barefoot. Wear your own flip flops whenever you are walking in the salon to prevent your feet from coming in contact with fungi on the floor.
  • Don’t cover up a toenail problem with fake nails. If you have a nail that is discolored, crumbling or thickened it may be a sign of a nail infection or other chronic condition. Covering it won’t help cure it and may make it worse. Contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410 and let our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker evaluate your nail to determine if there is a condition that requires treatment.

 

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