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By Dr. Rion Berg
December 14, 2017
Category: Fungus toenails
Tags: pedicure  

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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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.

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You have a dilemma. You want pretty toenails for Valentine’s Day but you have toenail fungus. You’re afraid that the spa will ban you and you want to skip that embarrassment. You’d like to pamper yourself and you don’t really want to do your own pedicure. Are there any other options available? As a Seattle podiatrist I don’t advocate painting over fungal nails since you’re just covering up the problem, however, if you have burning desire to look great on Valentine’s Day you’ll likely override my recommendation anyway.

According to podiatrist Stephanie Wu from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, you can get a pedicure if you have fungal nails. However, it’s important to let the spa know about your situation when you call to make your appointment. The spa may suggest that you bring your own basin, tools, and nail polish. Check to make sure the spa does not use whirlpools as these cannot be completely sterilized.

Of course you may have changed you mind about doing your own pedicure after reading this. If so I recommend Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish which does not contain toxic chemicals and is less likely to further weaken your compromised nails. If you do decide go to a spa this polish would be the one to bring with you.

If you decide it’s time to start getting your fungal nails cleared up for summer this would be an ideal time to do so. The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City offers fungal toenail treatment tailored to the needs of our patients.

Don’t wait to call us to start the process. Our number is 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.