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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 15, 2019
Category: Pedicures

As the temperatures finally begin to rise in our part of New Jersey, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care know that many of our patients can’t wait to get out their open-toed shoes and summer sandals. And, what better way to prepare your feet for these styles than with a pretty pedicure? We also are aware, however, that there is some hesitation about salon pedicures because of the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. If you don’t have a regular salon that you trust and who you know observes proper sanitizing procedures, we offer these steps for a do-it-yourself pedicure that will yield relaxing and attractive results.

  • Start by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes to soften skin and clean toenails.
  • Next, gently rub skin with a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin and calluses. If you have deep calluses or corns that need attention, contact us for assistance.
  • Push back cuticles with an orange stick or Hindu stone. Carefully trim only to the nail margin.
  • Cut toenails straight across and not too short (to help prevent ingrown nails).
  • Smooth the edges with an emery board.
  • Apply cream or moisturizing lotion to the skin around your nails and then to your whole foot. Massage it into your feet, rubbing the ball of the foot and heel, as well as the fore and midfoot. Reflexologists believe that a good foot massage can positively impact other parts of your body as well, plus it feels great!
  • Use nail polish remover to remove excess lotion on the toenails. This will allow the polish to adhere better.
  • Apply a base coat, then two coats of nail color and finish with a top coat.
  • Voila! Beautiful nails with no risk of fungal infections.

Doing an at-home pedicure is also a great opportunity to examine your entire foot and your toenails. If you notice any unusual growths, lumps, swelling or bruising, schedule an appointment our Edison, Monroe, or Monmouth Junction office (732-662-3050) to get your symptoms evaluated by our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah.

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