Professional Pedicure: A Perfect 10

Many people enjoy receiving a professional pedicure, especially as warmer temperatures arrive along with sandals and open-style footwear. Our toes are on display, and we would like them to look their best.

Here are 10 Tips for Your Next Professional Pedicure:

  1. Keep it Clean: All nail salons should practice according to their health department requirements and guidelines, which are intended to keep both clients and employees safe. Sterilization of tools and surfaces is important to prevent any unwanted bacteria, fungus or infection.
  2. Shave Afterward: It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s better to shave your legs after your pedicure. Shaving can create small cuts that are not immediately visible, and those small openings leave skin vulnerable to germs.
  3. Footwear: Be sure to keep bare feet off public surfaces. Allow adequate time for toenail polish or other nail treatments to dry thoroughly before putting on your own footwear. If you are driving afterward, make sure your footwear allows you to do so in a safe manner.
  4. Toenail Polish is Optional. If your toenails are less than perfect due to fungus or other problems, do not use nail polish that may worsen the situation. Instead seek a podiatrist’s help with the problem, rather than covering it up. Remember to remove toenail polish prior to your podiatry appointment.
  5. Cut Toenails Straight Across. This helps to prevent ingrown toenails.
  6. Don’t Cut Cuticles. Cuticles protect your nails, whether on your hand or feet. They provide a necessary barrier to germs.
  7. Don’t Cut Toenails Too Short. Again, this helps prevent ingrown toenails and the discomfort they cause. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, see your podiatrist for treatment-please don’t perform DIY surgery.
  8. Consider a ‘Medi-Pedi’. If you have calluses, toenail problems or other bothersome foot conditions, have your podiatrist treat the issue. If you are a diabetic, then it’s best you have any foot treatments performed by your podiatrist.
  9. Bring Your Own. It’s recommended that you bring your own pedicure tools, clippers, files and even polish.
  10. Feet’s Best Friend is Your Podiatrist. If you have any difficulty dealing with your own pedicure cutting toenails, call us and make an appointment with a qualified podiatrist. We are medically trained specialists who will accurately diagnose and treat foot problems.

The medical team at Your Next Step Podiatry has offices in several convenient locations. We serve Berwyn, Chester County, and the Western Suburbs. We also serve Montgomery County, Greater Philadelphia and Lower Merion, and the Downingtown areas. We can help bring your feet back to their best health. Board-certified Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, board qualified, offer diagnoses and appropriate services for the treatment of a variety of conditions. Call our Downingtown office at (610) 873-0322 or our Ardmore office at (610) 642-8837 to see us right away.

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