Doctors offer tips for getting safe pedicures

4:18 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Doctors are offering a warning to pedicure customers in hopes of preventing infections.

Nail technicians in Minnesota are licensed and trained to keep foot baths and tools clean, but it's also important to make sure skin doesn't have cuts or abrasions when scheduling pedicures.

Doctor said to not cut cuticles, but rather to push them back regularly.

Dr. Kari Prescott, a podiatrist on staff at Abbott Northwestern said that dead skin will slough off naturally. 

Instead of a callus razor or shaver, which may cause abrasions, soften calluses by soaking your feet in water and then use a pumice stone or emery board.  

If your feet are not healthy, see a doctor.  Ingrown toenails need to be taken care of by a doctor, not a technician. 

Prescott said when it comes to your nail tools; take care of them like a nail tech. 

"Keeping them sharp keeps them safe and I suspect that most people have some pretty dull pedicure tools at home, so I think you may be safer with (a nail technician's) tools which are potentially cleaner as well," she said.

Some also recommend not shaving your legs before a pedicure. Prescott sees why some might recommend this, but she said she's not worried about having a cut in a professional foot baths. She's worried about having a cut and then stepping into a hot tub or lake more.

As for fish pedicures, where the fish nibble your dead skin, you will likely want to avoid them. You won't find them in Minnesota, but some states allow them. The thought by many is that it's tough to keep those fish tanks sanitary.

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