Everyone loves getting pedicures, but what happens when your pedicure results in a foot fungus? At DM Foot & Ankle, we see many cases of germs that are spread in nail salons from improper sanitization tools or techniques. The germs include fungus, warts, and bacteria. Pedicures should be done in a safe and sterile environment with a licensed nail technician. While some nail salons do thorough cleanings and use the right sterilization methods, there are many that do not. Here are some tips for a safe pedicure:
1. Tools. Bring your own tools to ensure that germs from other peoples’ feet are not spread to yours. Many salons do not have the proper sterilization techniques for their metal tools so it is important to bring your own clean set that is just used on your feet. Any non-metal tools should be used on you and only you, since they're not able to be sterilized (Buffing pad, nail file, etc).
2. Nail polish. Nail polish can be a breeding ground for these germs. There is no way to disinfect a nail polish so once the nail polish is used on someone who has nail fungus, it can be spread to anyone else who uses that same polish. Our advice is to bring your own nail polish to the salon, and even better, to use anti-fungal nail polish!
3. Tubs. Ensure that the tubs used for soaking your feet are cleaned with medical grade disinfectants. The tubs can transfer germs as well.
3. Proper Cutting. Toenails should be cut straight across the top of the nail and never into the corners, since this could cause painful ingrown toenails.
We are offering a safe pedicure stocking stuffer set this December that includes your own tools! You can then keep these tools and use them at home or bring them to your favorite nail salon for your pedicures. We also sell anti- fungal toenail polish, which is not medicinal, but does help to slow down and prevent the spreading of fungus. It’s the quickest and easiest ways to get your feet looking and feeling fresh and fabulous!