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Do’s and Don’ts for Fabulous Summer Feet

Pedicure Doníts

  • DONíT shave your legs before receiving a pedicure. Freshly shaven legs or small cuts on your legs may allow bacteria to enter.
  • If you are receiving a pedicure and manicure, DONíT use the same tools for both services as bacteria and fungus can transfer between fingers and toes.
  • DONíT allow technicians to use a foot razor to remove dead skin. Using a razor can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly and can easily cause infection if too much skin is removed.
  • DONíT round the edges of your toenails. This type of shape increases the chances that painful ingrown toenails will develop.
  • Emery boards are extremely porous and can trap germs that spread. Since they canít be sterilized, DONíT share nail files with friends and be sure to bring your own to the salon, unless you are sure that the salon replaces them with each customer.
  • DONíT use any sharp tools to clean under nails. Using anything sharp makes it easy to puncture the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
  • DONíT leave any moisture between toes. Anything left behind can promote the development of athleteís foot or a fungal infection.
  • Because cuticles serve as a protective barrier against bacteria, DONíT ever cut them. Cutting cuticles increases the risk of infection. Also, avoid incessantly pushing back cuticles, as doing so can make them thicker.
  • If you suffer from thick and discolored toenails, which could be a sign of a fungal infection, DONíT apply nail polish to cover up the problem. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesnít allow the nail bed to ďbreathe.Ē Once you fix the underlying issue, then it is safe to paint nails. If the problem persists be sure to visit your podiatrist.

Personally, Iíve never had a professional pedicure, nor do I use polish. But I do pamper and groom my feet, as Dr. Reid suggests, and many of these tips are helpful for us do-it-yourselfers as well. And even though I cannot manage to walk in flip-flops, I appreciate these tips offered by the APMA: 10 Things to Know about Flip-Flops (with video)

Source: American Podiatric Medical Association

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of†No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and†Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.†She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter†@AnnPietrangelo

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8:34PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

What a perfect pair of feet! I can now understand a bit better why some people might have a feet fetish...

1:17PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Ty

6:44AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:58PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Good advice.
Thanks

2:12PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Great article and good advice. European believe in footbaths, they are marvellous and keep you healthy, with lavender even better.

4:02PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I’ve never had a professional pedicure either. It's too expensive for me right now. I'd love to have it one day, though. Interesting article.

10:19AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

great article, thank you!

9:41PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks, the info was nice.

I will say that the video commercials are annoying. Not just this page, but throughout care2.

5:14PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

It is important to take care of our feet. Great article. Thanks.

1:56PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

This is great - thanks!

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