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From summer days at Lemont’s Centennial Pool to glimpsing animals after-hours at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights, there’s plenty going on during the warm weather.


As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we know this is one of the more popular times of year to get mani-pedis to look good in sandals. 


While a mani-pedi is relaxing, we also know it can have a downside – Dr. Diana Emini and I have seen too many patients in our Lemont office with wartstoenail fungus or other infections that were contracted from unsanitary nail salons.


Some of these issues take months to resolve – a fungal toenail takes a year to grow out after treatment.


If you’re planning to visit a nail salon this summer, keep the following tips in mind to protect yourself:


·  While most nail salons follow guidelines for cleanliness and disinfection, pay attention to whether there are dirty tools or instruments around the room. Also, don’t be afraid to ask how they clean their tools. Floors and tables should be free of nail clippings and debris. Also, make sure nail clippers, cuticle pushers and other instruments are cleaned between clients with a heating system (or autoclave,) or soaked in Barbicide (blue disinfectant in glass jars), and stored in a closed container. 

·   Shave your legs post-pedicure. Avoid running a razor below your knees for at least 24 hours before a pedicure. Nicking yourself could put you at risk for an infection during a pedi. Also, postpone a pedicure if you have an open sore or wound, as nail dust could get in and lead to an infection.

·   For those who get regular mani-pedis, buy your own nail tools to use at the salon. 

·  Make sure that pedicure footbaths and filters and cleaned and disinfected between uses. Improper cleaning can leave bacteria and fungus behind. Many higher-end salons have switched to pipeless technology in their pedicure baths that don’t re-circulate the water.

·  Don’t wear artificial nails to cover up problems – this could make nail issues worse. Artificial nails aren’t recommended for those prone to fungal infections or those with brittle nails. For those with otherwise healthy nails, artificial nails are usually OK as long as they’re not continuously worn.

If you think you have a wart, fungus or infection from a nail salon, call our office so we can help. We offer laser treatment for fungal nails, and can offer advice on preventing the problem from happening again.


Enjoy getting your toes in the sun or sand this summer, and stay safe while getting your feet groomed!


By Michelle Kim

The weather may be cooling and the kids may be back in school, but you still likely see plenty of women (and men, for that matter) enjoying the warm weather by wearing sandals and other open-toed shoes. There's still time to get some use out of that summer footwear by visiting outdoor spots such as Brookfield Zoo, Navy Pier and North Avenue Beach. And when you do, you'll want to make sure your toes are still sandal-ready.

Sure, you could visit your local nail salon for a mani-pedi, but DM Foot and Ankle Associates are offering a much better option – medically safe nail spa services right here in our office at 14236 McCarthy Road, Lemont, IL.

What makes our nail service different? And why did Dr. Michelle Kim and Dr. Diana Emini start offering mani-pedis? In short, because they have seen too many patients come in with fungal infections, ingrown nail infections, and warts after visiting a standard nail salon.


Our nail services are designed to drastically reduce your chances of picking up fungus or other types of infections. Here at DM Foot and Ankle, pedicures still start with a soothing soak in a whirpool bath and end with your choice of polish – including the popular no-chip variety. The difference is that everything involved in the service -- the instruments to the brushes used to apply the polish -- are single-use, eliminating the chances of cross-contamination between clients.


Think about it – when you go to a salon and pick a color, you don't know who's used that bottle.  If the brush was used on someone with toenail fungus (which spreads easily – and did you know a fungal nail typically takes a year to grow out after treatment?) you could end up with fungus yourself.


Other benefits of our nail services include:

  • Dr. Remedy's nail polish, which is infused with natural ingredients and antifungals. It's also free of formaldehyde, DBP, and tolulene, a solvent that's toxic in high concentrations. 
  • No-chip nail services use the OPI gel system, which uses LED light (meaning no UV radiation.)
  •  Autoclaved instruments – the tools our nail techs use are disinfected and stored in sterile packs, similar to surgical sterilization. Be wary of salons that don't actually sterilize their instruments. These establishments may have plastic instruments within the sterilization bags. Plastic instruments can't withstand the high heat process during sterilization in the autoclave because they would melt.     
  •  Nail files and buffing blocks are used one time only
  •  Whirpool foot baths are disinfected with medical-grade products after each use

Nail services will be offered at DM Foot and Ankle Associates on Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Walk-ins as well as appointments will be accepted.


Those interested in mani-pedis have several options. We offer express manicures with soaking, shaping and polish starting at $15 and express pedicures at $25. There are traditional mani-pedis, as well as deluxe options that include hand or foot massages and deep-conditioning masks that range in price from $25 to $55. Also, patients who come to DM Foot and Ankle Associates for regular nail care can get pedicures with a foot soak, nail shaping and polish for $25.  Seniors can get a nail trim for as little as $6.


We here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates are excited to offer this service to the community. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 630-863-7517.


By Diana Emini