The Do’s and Don’ts of Pedicures

Pedicures clean the feet and give you a chance to show off beautiful nails. However, there are some key points to keep in mind to ensure your pedicure is a healthy experience for your nails and feet. If you experience foot or nail trouble following a pedicure, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

Do Use Clean Utensils

Foot fungus and bacteria can be easily transferred via contaminated pedicure utensils. Ensure that your salon sterilizes utensils between each use or bring your own tools and ask that your pedicurist use them. When performing your own pedicures at home or between professional treatments, sterilize your tools at home with a disinfectant tray and solution.

Don’t Cut Nails in a Curve

Although you can cut your fingernails in a curved fashion, this is a bad idea for your toes. Toenails grow slower than fingernails, and cutting them in a curved shape increases your risk for developing ingrown toenails. Cut toenails straight across or request that your pedicurist do this for you.

Do Regularly Remove Nail Polish

Old, worn, or peeling nail polish not only looks unpleasant, it can be bad for your toenails as well. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove polish on a regular basis to promote healthier nails. If you are experiencing nail problems, avoid using polish to cover up the issue—visit your podiatrist for treatment instead.

Don’t Cut the Cuticles

Your nail cuticles protect your feet against bacterial infection. Never cut the cuticles, as this undermines their protection and can lead to painful nail and foot infections. Also limit the frequency with which you push the cuticles back against the base of the nail. Frequent compression can cause cuticles to thicken and develop problems.

With the right information, your pedicure will not only look great, but promote better foot health as well. If you have questions or concerns about your nails, feet, or ankles, you can reach a podiatrist at Austin Podiatry Centers. We invite you to read through our website for more information on maintaining excellent foot and nail health.