You know it is just that time again! Time for toes to look fabulous! Like candied eggs even! I happen to give my toes the winter off; once I begin to wear boots and closed toed shoes throughout the winter months, I take my polish off and leave it off!
Then, when the warm weather and opened toed shoes come back in style, I put the pedi on and leave it all summer long until it gets cold again. Then I repeat! I do get a weekly polish change, and due to economy, I don't go weekly to the salon anymore for my pedicure ( boo hoo) though do my own.
Below are some amazing tips from New York City cosmetic podiatrist Dr. Zong: enjoy!
According to most American women, a trip to the nail salon or spa for a pedicure is not just a luxury – it is an accepted portion of their weekly beauty regimen! With so many women including pedicures as routine, it is no surprise that the bar has been raised when it comes to safety standards. According to New York City cosmetic podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong, “a pedicure is something I recommend to my patients who want to maintain both the health and look of their feet, but I warn them to ‘proceed with caution’ when choosing a nail salon to frequent.”
Dr. Zong’s hesitation is warranted: in October of 2000, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the first known outbreak of Mycobacterium fortuitum cutaneous infections acquired from whirlpool footbaths. As a prominent podiatrist in New York City , Dr. Zong has seen countless patients who have developed infections in their feet as a result of spa pedicures.
Dr. Zong’s Pedi-Do’s:
•Do ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned. Take notice of their actions while they are working on clients to see if footbaths are disinfected with each customer.
•Do pay attention to the time spent cleaning footbaths between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on its label, typically 10 minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant. It is worth your health & safety to practice patience at the spa!
•Do check your skin for infection during the days following your pedicure. Open wounds may appear on the skin of your feet and legs and can look like insect bites, but increase in size and severity over time.
•Do visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.
Dr. Zong’s Pedi-Don’ts:
•Don’t get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Microorganisms living in footbaths can enter through the skin and cause infection.
•Don’t shave, wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure
•Don’t get a pedicure if you have bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.
Remember: you are beautiful!
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