By Nrupa Shah
October 09, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Pedicures are very popular throughout the world. They are extremely popular before bachelorette parties, weddings, and prior to big vacation getaways. Now, when I say pedicure, you’re probably thinking of putting your feet in a warm foot bath with bubbles, the technician using a pumice stone on your foot and then caring for your toenails. Well, what if I were to tell you that’s not what I’m talking about this time. Because I’m actually referring to a ‘fish pedicure’. That’s right! No technicians needed, just a tank full of toothless carp or Gara ruffa. This not-so-popular practice hit mainstream when the Kardashian sisters had it done in Greece last year.

So what does it entail? Exactly what you think--immersing your feet in a tank full of these fish and letting them feast on your dead skin. There is, however, some controversy of this technique; the main concern being animal cruelty. The fish apparently have to be starved in order for them to be hungry enough to consume the customer’s dead skin. Second, how sanitary can this actually be? You can probably ask that question about anything, but when it comes to fish, dead skin, hot water, and the human body there definitely needs to be some talk as to whether this practice is clean or not. Your standard pedicures can be very healthy for your feet, they can also be detrimental. They have the potential to cause athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis) and even discolored nails (onychomycosis), both of which are caused by a fungus. While I am unaware of the negative results of the ‘fish pedicure’ I think it’s safe to say that they pose the same detrimental effect.

Athlete’s foot is comprised of itching and burning and your foot will look red and spotty. To fight this problem, try using and anti-fungal powder in your shoes and wash all of your bedding and clothing with bleach. If your nails appear discolored, you may need to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center in Monroe and Edison, NJ. Discolored nails are harder to treat with over the counter (OTC) products and should be cared for by a podiatrist. Pedicures of all sorts are extremely popular but please be aware of the side effects associated with them. 

By Nrupa Shah