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How to get the best (and safest) pedicure

The facts about foot baths

Most pedicure salons have foot baths, but if they’re not properly sanitized, you could be adding bacteria instead of removing them.

Ask the staff about their sanitization practices. The baths should be sanitized between each client, or they should use removable bath liners that get changed each time. Another tip is to take the first appointment of the day, when the baths should be cleanest.

Pedicure tools should be cleaned — or tossed

The tools used on your feet during a pedicure need to be completely clean for you, just like the tools at a doctor’s or dentist’s office. Metal tools should be sterilized between each pedicure client. A blue liquid disinfectant (like the one you see at hair salons) should be used on all the tools, every time. A few salons may use autoclaves, which are also effective but tend to be expensive and more time-consuming.

Anything that’s not metal (an orange stick, rubber manicure stick, wooden cuticle stick, or emery board) should be thrown away after each client because they cannot be sterilized. Many salons will open a sealed pack of new tools for your appointment. This is a good sign that they are clean.

Cutting — and not cutting — when you get a pedicure

Your toenails should be cut straight across to avoid painful ingrown nails. Whether at the salon or at home, make sure this is done correctly.

Your cuticles are there to protect your nails from bacteria — so put the cuticle scissors down! Keep them in good shape by applying your hand lotion to them regularly. If needed, push them back gently with an orange stick — no trimming necessary.

Also, skip the foot razor. Cutting the skin on your feet leaves you vulnerable to bacteria and fungus. Instead, gently slough off rough skin with a pumice stone.

Don’t mask problems with your feet and toenails

If your toenails are thick or discolored, you may have a toenail fungal infection. This is a common problem that can be treated by your podiatrist. Don’t try to cover up the issue by applying nail polish, as this could make the condition worse. See your podiatrist to get the infection cleared up before you select that perfect shade for your toes.

With just a few safety precautions, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a pedicure that can keep your feet healthy and beautiful.

If you see any signs of foot problems or your feet are causing pain, call us at (913) 338-4440 or contact us online. Your feet will take you to all your fun summer destinations, so give them the care and respect they deserve!