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Posts for tag: Pedicure

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

Ingrown toenails walk tenderly into my office on a daily basis.  Treating ingrown toenails is one of the everyday procedures that podiatrists perform on a weekly if not daily basis. 

Ingrown toenails are basically sharp edges of nails that grow into the skin at the edges of the nail.  The edge of the nail normally only grows outward and away from the skin but this can go awry if you're not careful.  So why does this happen?

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Don't wear tight shoes!  Your toes need plenty of space so give yourself a big toe box with space above and in front of your toes.  Tight shoes force the nails downward and can eventually cause your toenails to become rounded.  Believe it or not you can actually predispose yourself or your children to ingrown toenails if the shoes worn are too tight.  When your toes are still developing during childhood, you can cause permanently rounded nails that can dig into the skin with any downward pressure.  There are also some people with naturally rounded nails that are more likely to develop ingrown toenails.

The actual cause of the ingrown nails is almost always tight shoes and improper nail care.  People that don't wear shoes will never (well, I'll say almost never) develop ingrown toenails.  When cutting your nails always cut straight across and be careful not to cut them too short, especially on the sides of the nail. You definitely want to stop cutting before the nail attaches to the skin. 

Another factor that can increase your risk is weight bearing trauma to the toes.  When playing basketball for instance, if you have tight shoes you are constantly slamming your toes into your shoe and the floor which is pushing the skin into the nail.  The more you damage the skin the more inflamed it can become and the skin may actually grow and swell up over the nail (if the nail is cut too short). 

What does this mean for you? If you commonly get ingrown toenails then take a look at your shoes.  They are probably too small.  If you live in warm weather you can wear open toes shoes to stop ingrown nails.  Be more conservative when cutting your nails and don't cut your nails too often. 

Ingrown toenails can develop and get out of control quickly.  They often get infected and swollen and very painful.  In this case you should make your way to your local podiatrist who is equipped with the tools and expertise necessary to return your nails to normal.  Seriously, you can walk in with extreme pain and walk out feeling great.  Actor Mark Wahlberg recently underwent a procedure for an ingrown toenail and showed up at the Critics Choice awards that same night.  Recovery from these simple procedures is quick and the pain relief is instant. 

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 today.

By Varun Gujral

By Nrupa Shah
September 05, 2013
Category: Infections

Summer is winding down and we are all trying to squeeze in a few more days of wearing our sandals, and that means one or two last pedicures before our toes are stuffed away in boots for a few months. Now and whenever you go get a pedicure you need to be aware of the risk of getting an infection. This is something none of us want to think about, but it does happen. The only way to get an infection is by the bacteria entering your body through a break in the skin. So here are some helpful tips to prevent getting an infection while getting your toes looking pretty!

Bacteria grow in water, and especially in warm water, which is what your feet are soaked in. So before sticking your toes in the water make sure there are no cuts or scratches on your feet or lower legs. Also wait at least 24 hours after shaving or waxing to get a pedicure; both of these can leave open spaces in the skin for bacteria to enter.

Even if you go to a top end salon and they properly disinfect and clean their tools and equipment an infection can still occur. While getting the pedicure if you notice the pedicurists cut your nail too low or accidently scratch you with a tool tell them to stop immediately, dry off your feet and put antibiotic ointment on immediately!

Sometimes we don’t notice these things or we don’t notice any cuts on our feet and get the full pedicure treatment. If this happens some common signs of an infection include a red, tender spot, it is usually warm and painful to the touch. Nail infections can also be obtained; the signs of this include discolored, thick and flakey nails. If you notice any of these things on your feet, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care to get your feet checked out!  We are conveniently located in Edison and in Monroe NJ.  If there is an infection present an antibiotic will be prescribed or an ointment if it is a nail infection.

By Nrupa Shah