Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon?
The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions:
- Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation.
- First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day.
- Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don’t have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses.
- If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses.
- When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
- Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail’s surface while filing.
- Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove dirt.
- Use an emollient-enriched moisturizer to keep feel soft.
- Use a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick to gently push back cuticles.