Getting a pedicure is a great treat any time of year, but it’s especially nice during the summer when our toes are pretty much on parade 24/7. Going to a salon is an option, but to save time and money and to be absolutely sure that cleanliness will not be an issue, treat yourself to a great pedicure at home.
Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg, the qualified podiatrists Montgomery Foot Care Specialists in Montgomery, AL offer these tips for a good, safe pedicure for people of all ages and genders.
An important note: if you have diabetes, your feet have extremely special needs. It may not be a good idea to have a pedicure outside of a doctor’s office. Be sure to check with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Rosenberg or Dr. Christie, before attempting a pedicure at home or heading out to the local nail salon.
- Gather your tools – a nail brush, nail clippers, pumice stone, nail file, moisturizing lotion, and polish (optional!)
- Soak your feet in a soothing bath of clean water and a scented soap such as lavender or peppermint.
- Rub gently using your nail brush for your nails and the pumice stone for calluses on the bottom and sides of your feet. Key word: gently.
- Avoid instruments that cut such as cuticle trimmers and razors; you may remove too much skin, causing bleeding and possible infection.
- Inspect your toenails. Look for any signs of infection such as thick, chipping, or discolored nails. Don’t be tempted to just cover up discolored nails with your favorite shade of whatever-hides-these-ugly-nails. Have them checked out at our downtown Montgomery office to rule out the possibility of fungal nails.
- Trim your toenails straight across and not too short. Doing otherwise can encourage ingrown toenails to grow.
- Moisturize your whole foot – add a massage, too! – Then add a pop of color with polish.
If you do choose to go to a salon, make sure they are clean, practice good hygiene, and use sterile instruments. For more tips on keeping your feet healthy and presentable, check out the pedicure article in our patient education library. We’re here to help you with any questions or concerns about the health or appearance of your feet. Call us at (334) 396-3668 or make an appointment online.