With warmer weather and summer vacations those feet are just itching to break free from the confines of closed toe shoes in favour of sandals. Suddenly, you notice the state of your toenails and those crusty calluses that have built up. As a way to treat your feet, you schedule that much needed pedicure. Most nail salons will see an influx of pedicure appointments, but not all nail salons and technicians are created equal.
Before you book your next pedicure appointment, we’ve created a list of questions for you to keep in mind and discuss with your salon and technician.
Before Booking a Pedicure
- Avoid shaving your legs immediately before your appointment. Skin irritation can be more problematic on recently shaved skin.
- Ensure that your toes, feet, ankles and legs are free of any open wounds or fungal infections (regardless of how small). Any area where the skin is open, may allow germs or an infection to enter the skin.
- If you are diabetic, consult with your family physician or foot care professional before engaging in pedicure practices.
- Ask the salon about their hygiene and cleanliness practices, including:
- How is the technician or aesthetician licensed?
- How does the salon clean the foot baths and what type of foot basins are in use? Non-whirlpool basins are preferred, as they are easier to ensure proper cleanliness; all basins must be sanitized between each use.
- Are all files (emery boards) and buffers single use and disposed of after each client?
- All tools must be sanitized after every service and each client must receive sterilized tools.
- Take serious note if the salon is not forthcoming with any information that you are asking of them.
Once You Arrive at the Salon
- The salon should be a visibly clean environment—the floor should be clear of debris, dust and hair.
- Are the tools sterilized, and placed on a clean towel or tray or located within a sterilized bag?
- Does the aesthetician have clean hands? Hands should be washed before each client.
- Before beginning, the technician should perform a brief assessment of your feet and lower legs to examine for any areas of concern, as well as ask you about your relevant medical history (current issues, if you are diabetic, have an autoimmune disease and medications).
- Request that your cuticles are not trimmed as this can damage or nick them and lead to infection.
- Do not allow the technician to shave off any calluses using a razor or similar device.
A pedicure should not be a painful experience or induce bleeding. If you are concerned or have doubts about anything listed above while at the salon, do not be afraid to leave the appointment. Your foot health is paramount to a healthy lifestyle, and painted toes are not worth picking up an infection.
Throughout the year, foot and nail care are very important to your overall health. If you have any questions about your current practices, or whether you should see a medical professional prior to a pedicure, feel reach out to your local pedorthist. Your pedorthist is familiar with reputable salons in your area and will be able to provide referrals to other nail care professionals in addition to offering you nail care tips to help your feet be health and sandal ready!