Tips for a Safe Holiday Pedicure

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

10 tips for a safe pedicureThe holidays are in full swing! Some of us are still trying to get over that Thanksgiving bloat after indulging in so many rich foods last week!

And now it’s time to start heading out to all those holiday parties…yikes, where’s my treadmill?

Many ladies get pedicures to get ready for a special event, like a holiday party. Pedicures are a great way to get your feet in tip-top shape, but it is also a great way to pick up an infection if you are not careful! Let me share with you some ways you can protect your feet and yourself during your next pedicure.

Tips for a Safe Pedicure

  1.  Be sure to bring your own pedicure kit. Doing this will help decrease the chance of contracting a virus, bacteria or fungus.
  2. Ask the salon if they sterilize their instruments or do they just disinfect them. Sterilization by autoclave is superior.
  3. Make sure disposable items—nail files, foot files, buffers and toe separators— are really disposed of!
  4. Ask the technician if she washed her hands before your pedicure. Clean hands are safer!
  5. Go to a salon and technician that have licenses issued by their state licensing board.
  6. Don’t shave your legs before appointment. Nicks and cuts from shaving can allow bacteria to enter your skin.
  7. Let the technician know if you have a medical condition, particularly diabetes.
  8. Take a look around and see if the salon is clean. This can be a good indicator of whether or not their instruments are clean.
  9. And finally, it shouldn’t hurt! Pedicures shouldn’t be painful. If it is, tell them to stop and find a new salon!

Getting a pedicure should result in better looking feet, not an infection. I hope these tips help you get a safe pedicure…and enjoy all your holiday festivities this month!

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.