When you hear that someone is going to go get a pedicure, you instantly visualize a relaxing environment that may include a massage chair, hot stones, and soft, calming music. For some, pedicures are an occasional luxury, while others regularly visit their favorite pedicurist monthly, or even weekly! There are pros and cons to getting pedicures done at home or by a professional and necessary precautions to take when looking to get pampered. Pedicures certainly benefit the appearance of our feet and legs, and getting pampered has some great benefits for your overall foot health.
Here are some ways that pedicures can benefit you and your feet:
- Increase blood flow and circulation of the legs and feet.
- Help prevent infection of the toenails and ingrown toenails.
- Reduce foot odors.
- Keep skin moisturized and healthy.
- Clean the feet of potentially harmful dirt and bacteria.
- Reduce stiffness and stress in foot and leg muscles.
- Help identify problems early on, such as bunions or fungal infection.
When looking to get a pedicure, be sure to keep the following in mind:
- Ask if they use tub liners–these can prevent the spread of bacteria and fungi.
- Wooden tools cannot be sterilized; Ask for reusable sterilized tools or a new pair of tools.
- Cuts on feet or legs are vulnerable to infection, hold off on a pedicure until it’s healed.
As you can see, there are a few potential drawbacks when treating yourself to a pedicure. With careful consideration of the tools used for your pedicure and the condition of your feet, these drawbacks can be avoided and you can enjoy a worry-free pedicure. At your next appointment with Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., be sure to ask about any recommendations for your pedicure experience based on your personal history of foot health. Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area!