Safety Tips for the Nail Salon

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Summer is still in full swing, and people are getting outdoors to visit the beach, hit the pool, or enjoy the sun. Summer is also the season for sandals and flip-flops. Naturally, you want your toes to look their best. Before scheduling an appointment for your pedicure, review these safety tips to protect your feet before pampering them.

First, always check the salon for general cleanliness. Look out for any grime or dirt. Check the technician's hands to see that they are clean. It’s also important to inspect your own feet before you go: 

  • Check your skin for cuts. Any open wounds can be susceptible to infections. Skip shaving or waxing your legs a few days before the appointment to minimize the chances of damaging the skin. If you spot any cuts or scratches, it’s best to reschedule until they are healed.  
  • Look out for fungal infections. Nail fungus is a problem affecting more than 2.5. million Americans. It can be spotted if your toenails appear discolored. You can easily spread your infection to others and a pedicurist may refuse to treat you if they notice it. 
  • Make sure tools have been disinfected. Watch how the technicians sterilize their instruments. If you want to be extra sure, you can even gather your own nail tool kit, sterilize it yourself, and bring it with you for them to use.

For more tips, or if you are experiencing any foot issues, see your foot doctor for proper treatment and help prevent complications. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle SpecialistsDr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat virtually all types of foot and ankle disorders including, bunionshammertoesingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.

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