After many days of shopping for the holidays you may be thinking, "what about me--don't I deserve some pampering?" A pedicure may be just the thing to help you relax and feel good.
Whether you decide to give yourself a pedicure, go to a salon, or buy a gift certificate for someone else there are some important things you should know to ensure you or a loved one gets a safe pedicure.
Before making the appointment ask:
What kind of whirlpool do they use? It should be the pipe-less kind such as Sanijet to ensure there is no tubing that can't be cleaned.
Are nail implements cleaned in an autoclave? Autoclaves are the gold standard for eliminating germs from metal instruments. Liquid disinfectants only work if tools are left to soak for at least 20 minutes. Bring your own tools such as clippers and cuticle stick to be on the safe side.
Before heading to the salon:
Refrain from shaving your legs. A small nick or cut can put you at risk for infection. Wait until after your pedicure to shave your legs
Purchase nail polish that does not contain toxic chemicals. Regular nail polish contains formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates. They can also weaken nails and put you at greater risk for a fungal nail infection. Try Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish which contains tea tree oil, biotin, and wheat protein and none of the harmful chemicals mentioned above. It can be used safely when pregnant.
During your pedicure:
Ask them to trim your nails straight across. Nails that aren't trimmed properly can lead to an ingrown toenail infection.
Tell them not to cut your cuticles. Your cuticles are there for a reason. They help prevent germs from entering your system. Instead of getting them cut, tell them to gently push them back.
Ask them to moisturize your nails after removing the old polish. Nail polish remover contains chemicals that can dry out your nails and make them brittle.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly. You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.