You've heard about salon pedicure fish soaks where the swimmers supposedly eat away dead skin from your soles. The truth is they carry skin cells from client to client. Just say no! Emily Splichal, DPM, a New York City podiatrist, cautions: “Avoid pedicure soaks if you have any foot/leg cuts or sores and after a lower leg wax or shave, which can create small undetectable nicks in the skin that create a portal of entry for bacteria. It's important since there is a rise in staph infections called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that are hard to treat and resistant to antibiotics.”
|Dr. Emily Splichal
While tubs should always be drained, cleaned, swabbed with disinfectant, and wiped between each customer, sometimes you can't tell. Salons that use disposable plastic footbath liners add a layer of reassurance. “Anyone with compromised circulation or nerve sensation to the feet should always skip the soak and cuticle part of a pedicure and just get a polish change,” Dr. Splichal says.
Source: Lois Joy Johnson, AARP [4/18/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.