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Podiatrist Dr. Howard Osterman says that he sees far fewer patients than he did 15-20 years ago as a result of pedicure acquired infections because salons are much more concerned with hygiene. But there is still a real risk. If your pedicurist slips and cuts your toes, it opens you up to an infection or toe fungus. Pushing back the cuticles opens the gate to bacteria and toe fungus as well. It’s also helpful to have your pedicurist cut your toenails straight across and not cut the corners of the nail.
 
“Just make sure you aren’t being treated with used pumice” — this porous rock used for exfoliating skin can harbor bacteria — “and don’t be afraid to ask questions” about sterilization procedures for all equipment. The gold standard is to clean metal tools in an autoclave, a machine that sterilizes instruments using high-pressure, high-temperature steam. Cleaning tools in liquid disinfectant can kill most germs and viruses if they soak for at least 10 minutes, but that won’t guarantee sterility, the doctor says.
 
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 Orthotics Clinic.

 

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