If you or a family member has diabetes, you know how important it is to be vigilant about your health. If unnoticed and untreated, a small foot injury like a cut, puncture or blister can easily get infected. From there this sore can deteriorate into a dangerous foot ulcer.
You may be uncertain about visiting a nail salon for a pedicure when you have diabetes. It is possible to get a safe pedicure or manicure at a spa or nail salon, along as your diabetes is under control.
Be sure to take precautions when visiting a nail salon. First of all, choose your salon carefully. The business should be very clean and organized. The technicians should look tidy with clean hands and fingernails. Check that a fresh pack of sterilized instruments is used for each customer. Look for inspection and licensing certificates that must be prominently displayed.
Here are some more nail salon tips that can benefit anyone but especially someone with diabetes:
- Postpone your appointment. If necessary, because of any injury to your legs or feet, reschedule your salon visit. You don't want to take any chance with infection so don't get a pedicure if you have any type of open wound.
- Speak up. Let the technician know that you have diabetes - they should be trained in handling clients who need extra care and know how neuropathy can affect sensation in your feet. Ask them to be gentle when using the foot file and to be careful with all trimming. Request that your toenails are cut straight across and not too short so surrounding tissue and skin are not damaged which may result in an ingrown toenail.
- Check that the foot bath is sterile. You may not choose to use the foot bath, but if you do, make sure that it's been sterilized since last used. Use your elbow - not your foot - to check that the water is the right temperature and not too hot.
- Ask for newly sterilized tools. Make sure that the technician opens a new package of sterilized tools to prevent infection or foot fungus. You can also invest in your own set of pedicure tools including clippers, foot buffer, cuticle pusher and nail file. Always sterilize the tools in an anti-bacterial solution at home before each use.
If you are hesitant about visiting a nail salon or spa because of your diabetes and you have difficulty trimming your own nails, please come see us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute. We'll be happy to give your feet a comprehensive examination and cut your toenails too.
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Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in treating all types of foot problems for patients with diabetes. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Make foot health a priority - call us today!