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Facts About Pedicures

Taking care of your feet is so important, this will help avoid serious problems after a pedicure.

PICK A TOP SALON

Do your homework to be sure your salon uses safe and clean techniques. First, see if your nail technician is licensed. Then find out what type of foot baths are used. Just know that pipes in some baths can spread bacteria, so "pipeless" foot baths can help cut this risk.

Using individual buckets or bowls is another safe option. Also be sure the salon cleans the foot baths between customers using a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant that's made for pedicure foot baths.

BE PICKY ABOUT PEDICURES

Pampering your feet is key when you have diabetes, but a bad pedicure is bad news.

Getting a pedicure can be dangerous  if the salon doesn't use sanitary practices, tools are dirty, or your pedicurist is not well trained. Even if you have diabetes, you may be able to have a pedicure if you don't have complications from the disease. But if you have an infection, ulcer, or cut on your feet or legs, or if you suffer from neuropathy, nerve damage in your feet, then pedicures ae not for you.

Schedule a manicure at the salon so you can check out the facility and see how foot baths and tools are cleaned. Experts say tools should be cleaned after each use in an autoclave, a pressurized, heated chamber.

WATCH TO SEE

Watch to see if your technician opens a new pack of sterilized tools after you sit down. Also be sure the salon uses stainless steel tools, which are easier to clean than porous nail files or wooden cuticle sticks.  Stay on guard.

DON'T GO BAREFOOT

Your feet need protection, even indoors. Wear slippers or shoes around the house to guard against injury. Wear socks or stockings, but nothing too tight, with shoes to prevent blisters.

REQUEST SPECIAL CARE

Let your technician know you have diabetes, and ask them to take these extra steps.

Massage your feet gently

Be sure the water is warm, not to hot

Don't clip your cuticles or file calluses, and skip the credo blade, which looks like a razor.

Cut your toenails straight across

Massage lotion completely into your feet, and don't leave any between your toes.

You can help by not shaving your legs for two days before getting a pedicure. That way, you'll avoid nicks and keep skin from being irritated, both possible entry points for bacteria.

Your toenails need trimming at least once a week, and they're easiest to work with when they're soft after a bath.

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Comments (6)

Excellent customer information about pedicures. I will return with my vote for this great article.

Excellent share and some really valid points here. This a must read for anyone who gets pedicures. I agree with you in that I'm very particular about who does my pedicures...and still very watchful as to the precautions used while I'm getting mine. Very well done! Voted up.

Good warnings for diabetics.

Returned with a vote and another read of this expert information.

My husband wants me to get a pedicure, but I am way too ticklish! Great information if I ever follow through with it - out of votes, but tweeted!

Thank you for this article and vote. Hope for your friendship and support.

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