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Pedicure Safety: Tips for Healthy Summer Feet 2024

Summer foot care and pedicures – can you name a more iconic duo? Showing off a sleek pedi is one of the best ways to enjoy the warm months. But safe pedicures differ greatly from your run-of-the-mill cosmetic pedicure, so it’s important to be on the lookout for the safest way of avoiding pedicure infections. We’ve got 3 pedicure safety tips you should follow before you hit the salon!

Top 3 Pedicure Safety Tips

  • Choose clean salons or foot clinics
  • Avoid certain tools
  • Practice aftercare

Choose Clean Salons or Foot Clinics

Only visit nail salons that demonstrate good practices. Be on the lookout for:

  • An organized workspace.
  • Equipment sanitization protocols. An autoclave with steam sterilization is best.
  • Employees visibly maintaining hygienic standards.
  • Employees using disposable liners in the foot baths, and cleaning and filtering them between uses.
  • Fresh linens (if applicable).
  • Clean floors and surfaces.
  • Clean uniforms on employees.
  • Clear labels on products.
  • Clients wearing protective footwear when walking around.

Another good tip is visiting your nail salon when they first open in the morning, when everything is cleanest! 

Pedicures at Feet First Clinic

Foot clinics are where you can get a medical pedicure, which tends to be safer than a cosmetic pedicure. 

Appointments don’t happen in communal areas, unlike salons, so you’re already in a safer environment with less people spreading contagious fungal infections. And although you’ll be skipping the polish (you can always apply it yourself afterwards!) and foot bath (again, you can do this at home – foot baths at nail salons are not hygienic, especially if the bath has jets), you’ll be enjoying so much more than you can get from many salons. This includes: 

  • Guaranteed use of sterilized, safe tools.
  • A thorough cleaning of the entire foot with alcohol.
  • An inspection of your feet from a chiropodist who can recognize foot conditions
  • Thorough cleaning of dead skin(onychophosis) under the nails. 
  • Callus softening or removal. 

Learn more about what happens during a medical pedicure and the differences between a cosmetic vs. a medical pedicure

Avoid Certain Tools

Nail technicians in salons use many tools, but you should kindly request they skip some of them. One of these is the foot rasp or “grater” they use to scrape the bottom of the feet. It can be overly abrasive and damage the skin, leading to irritation and cuts. Strong skin is a barrier for contaminants, and damaged skin welcomes dirt and infections. 

To protect your feet even more, you can skip tools that don’t appear to be properly sanitized or cleaned between uses, or avoid tools with visible signs of wear and tear.

Practice Aftercare

After getting your pedicure, it’s up to you to keep on top of proper foot care! Here’s what to do:

  • Avoid tight shoes that crowd the toes. This can cause ingrown toenails.
  • Wash your feet every day with gentle soap before thoroughly drying.
  • If you must cut your own toenails, only trim straight across, avoiding shaping.
  • Moisturize and exfoliate your feet.
  • Wear clean cotton socks and change them frequently.

Come To Feet First Clinic For The Best Toenail Care!

Not only do we offer medical pedicures, but we can treat various conditions like fungal toenails, ingrown toenails, and more! Call us at (416) 769-3338 or book an appointment here!

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If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures. She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.