Are you looking for a low-cost way to relax and pamper yourself for an hour or two? A salon pedicure is a terrific option! Most salons are clean and safe, but not all are. Every time you hop into that massaging pedicure chair, you run the risk of infection. When sanitary practices are inadequate, transmission of bacteria, plantar warts, or nail fungus can take place.
Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova are specialists with over 30 years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of all sorts of foot and ankle issues. They recommend the following steps to minimize your risk at the nail salon:
Don’t shave your legs the night before or day of a pedicure. Viruses and bacteria can enter your body through tiny cuts and nicks.
Look around! Do you see an up-to-date license on the wall? Does the salon look clean and well-maintained? Do you see employees sweeping and cleaning? Are the footbaths being scrubbed between customers or, better yet, are they covered with disposable plastic liners? If you are comfortable with the level of cleanliness at the salon, leave…even if it means walking out on an appointment.
Make sure that the nail technician is wearing disposable surgical-style gloves.
If possible, bring your own tools. It’s the best way to make sure that nothing touches your feet may have been contaminated by someone else.
If you can’t provide your own tools, investigate the salon’s sterilization techniques. UV sterilizers, which look like small toasters, don’t kill bacteria. Soaking tools in a glass jar of turquoise-colored solution (a combination of water and tuberculoidal disinfectant) is preferred. Each station should have its own container.
Avoid sharp blades around your feet. Don’t let the nail tech use a razor or grater to remove calluses and ask her or him not to cut your cuticles.
Allow time for your nails to dry. UV light may save time, but it’s not good for your skin.
The infections that your feet might pick up at the nail salon can be unpleasant and unsightly. If left untreated, they can turn into real problems! Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care treats patients with these infections every day. If you are concerned that you have an infection, call us at 443-872-7052 right away. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you to see Dr. Boris Abramov or Dr. Tayana Abramova in our Pikesville office at your convenience. Your feet will be back to perfect health in no time!