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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 18, 2018
Category: Pedicures

Remember that game they used to have in children’s magazines—what’s wrong with this picture? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our clients who like to get professional pedicures to use those same skills when visiting the nail salon. Fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and warts are all easily spread by direct contact. A nail salon can be a high-risk zone due to the fact that there are many people there with bare feet. Before getting a pedicure, take a look around the salon to see if you spot any of the following which may be a red flag for an unsafe pedicure:

Nail technicians don’t get up between clients—there are a few reasons why this is a problem. First, nail technicians should wash their hands each time before starting a new pedicure. More importantly, however, you want to be sure the tools being used for your pedicure have not touched someone else’s feet. That means you should see tools coming out of an autoclave (a sterilizing machine that looks like a toaster oven) or a liquid sanitizing solution. The only good possibility if nail technicians don’t get up to get clean tools is that they are using one-time disposable tools that come in a sealed package.

The only thing decorating the walls is pictures from old calendars—no we’re not being snobby about the décor. What should be prominently displayed in the salon is a license from the state cosmetology or health department. This means that the salon meets certain standards for cleanliness and follows safe sanitizing procedures.

There are no flip-flops for sale—no one should be walking barefoot in the salon. If you forget to bring a pair, a salon that is concerned with not spreading fungal infections should either sell flip-flops or have some type of disposable foot covering for clients.

The magazines in the waiting area are a mess—seems minor but if being sanitary and clean are important to a salon, it should show overall. This means the restrooms, floor, mirrors, and workstations should all be neat and tidy. If it just doesn’t feel clean, look elsewhere for you a place for your pedicure.

If you suspect you may have already contracted a fungal nail or foot infection, make an appointment at our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and determine if an infection is present.

By Nrupa Shah
April 23, 2014
Category: Pedicures

Hallelujah it’s finally warming up!  As the weather improves and people prep for summer, many women are prepping their feet for sandals.  Sandals are more than a fashion statement, they are cool, comfortable, and allow you to show off your new pedicure!

It seems like some women have their work cut out for them when it comes to sandals. They have soaks, scrubs, massages, clipping, filing, grinding, moisturizing, and finally painting.  The work never ends.  Fortunately, taking care of your feet pays off.  Some opt to take the easy way out and get a pedicure, which is not such a bad thing! I for one am a big believer in pedicures.  As the weather warms up pedicurists will have their work cut out for them and the lines will be long.  Are they worth it?

Pedicurists are experts at cutting nails and they know how to do it properly.  Cutting your nails correctly can prevent ingrown toenails and even fungal infections.  In addition, some patients have very difficult toenails that get thick and difficult to cut.  Without proper instrumentation, people can do serious damage to their feet.  Pedicurists will often work out the calluses and dead skin which gives the skin a healthy boost and can prevent ulcers. Having a pedicurist work on your feet can also help to save your back.  The older we get and the more pounds we pack on, the more difficult it can be to reach our feet.  Proper foot care is particularly important for diabetics who can often not feel their feet and need to keep their feet clean, trimmed and healthy to prevent ulcers, infections, and amputations down the road. 

A yearly podiatric foot inspection is essential for all diabetic patients.  In the meantime, I encourage you to get a pedicure to take care of your feet.  In fact, many podiatrists offer pedicure services right in their office.  I must give one piece of advice when it comes to picking your pedicurist.  Make sure they clean their instruments after every use.  If they start working on your feet with dirty instruments they can spread fungal infections which most definitely do not look good in sandals.  And remember, if you think you have a fungal infection, go see your podiatrist right away.  Time is of the essence when it comes to fungal nails.

If you have any questions about your shoe gear, feet, or nails, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ.

Nrupa Shah