What To Do For Fabulous Feet
Whether you like to get a pedicure in the nail salon or at home, follow these easy pedicure tips to minimize foot problems. These are APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) and Dr. Petty’s recommendations to keep your feet looking and feeling their best.
If you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, consult Dr. Petty so he can recommend a customized pedicure that both you and your salon can follow for optimal foot health.
Schedule your pedicure first thing in the morning. Salon foot baths are typically cleanest earlier in the day. If you’re not a morning person, make sure that the salon filters and cleans the foot bath between clients.
Bring your own pedicure utensils to the salon. Bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn’t use proper sterilization techniques.
When eliminating thick, dead skin build-up, also known as calluses, on the heel, ball and sides of the feet, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub. Soak feet in warm water for at least five minutes, then use the stone, scrub, or foot file to gently smooth calluses and other rough patches.
When trimming nails, use a toenail clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenail is cut straight across. Other tools like manicure scissors or fingernail clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails because of their small, curved shape. See Dr. Petty if you have a tendency to develop ingrown toenails.
To smooth nail edges, use an emery board. File lightly in one direction without using too much pressure, being sure not to scrape the nail’s surface.
Gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to keep them clean. This helps remove the dirt and build-up you may or may not be able to see.
Maintain the proper moisture balance of the skin on your feet by applying emollient-enriched moisturizer to keep soles soft.
If toenails are healthy, you can use nail polish to paint toenails. Make sure to remove polish regularly using non-acetone nail polish remover. Dr Petty recommends Dr’s Remedy Toenail Polish.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office, or 254-523-4803 to reach our Mexia office.