Here are tips for having healthy pedicure sessions this summer and happy feet all year round:
- Bring your own instruments. Avoid infection by bringing your own tools. This includes bringing your own sandals to avoid contracting fungus like athlete's foot.
- Avoid deep cuts. Do not let your pedicurist cut deep into the corners of your nails. Also ask your pedicurist to cut your nails straight across instead of curving the edges. This will help avoid ingrown nails.
- Don't use sharp instruments on calluses. Do not have your calluses cut. Instead, use a pumice stone. Also helpful is a cream or lotion product with urea or a lactic acid derivative on the affected area twice a day. Wrap with saran wrap and a sock to dissolve thick or calloused skin.
- Avoid Flip Flop Tendonitis. Adapting to flip flops or sandals from closed shoes creates stress on the shin muscles as they try to balance the shoe on the foot. When transitioning to open shoes wear them gradually and give your muscles a chance to adapt. This will help avoid painful shins or tendonitis of the leg.
- Avoid heel and arch pain. After a long winter you may be enthusiastic to return to the outdoors and exercise. Heel and arch pain can occur when starting to exercise without proper stretching. Sneakers should have a rigid heel counter and flexible ball of the foot. Shoes should have a comfortable toe box, be well padded, and have a cushioned sole. Stretch the calf muscles for several minutes every day and before exercising. Stand two to three feet behind a counter or wall placing your hands there. Keep your heels planted on the ground firmly and bring your body forward thus stretching the back of the calf. Hold for one minute and repeat several times.