Don’t shave your legs before your appointment. Shaving creates small cuts on your legs that may allow bacteria to enter your body.
Do be sure to note that the tools or instruments being used are either sterilized or fresh out of an autoclave pouch or disposable. Why? Because bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn’t use proper sterilization techniques. YUCK!
Don’t allow salons to use a foot razor to remove dead skin. using a razor can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly and can easily cause infection if too much skin is removed.
Do use a pumice stone, foot file, or exfoliating scrub when eliminating thick, dead skin buildup (also known as calluses) on the heel and balls of the feet. Be sure to soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes first.
Don’t apply nail polish to cover up discolored nails. Thick and discolored toenails could be a sign of a fungal infection. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn’t allow the nail bed to breathe. If you think you have a toenail infections, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist immediately to get it checked out.
Do gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails. This step helps keep your nails clean and removes dirt and other types of build-up you may not be able to see.
Originally from PRO Pulse September-October 2016
By J. Mari Adad, DPM Podiatry