At the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite like kicking off your shoes and taking the time to give your barking dogs a little TLC. There are those who prefer to let someone else do the pampering, while others like to be in control of their own foot care. Whichever option you choose, you need to be sure that your pedicure is done properly.
If you go to a salon, it’s of vital importance that it is a place you trust. Make sure that the pedicurists keep their tools sanitized, and that they wash their hands thoroughly between clients. This will help prevent the transference of bacteria and fungus. If you have diabetes, make them aware of this and ask them to take special precautions.
For those who are diabetic and choose to do their foot maintenance at home remember:
- Steer clear of the PedEgg!
- Never remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself
- Thoroughly moisturize your feet, but not between your toes.
- When trimming nails, cut straight across and take care not to cut the skin
When performing an at-home pedicure, try adding a little milk to your foot soak. The lactic acid in the milk is great for softening your feet. For a little exfoliation, use a sugar scrub to gently massage your feet and ankles, removing dead skin cells. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly and moisturize. We recommend the Amerigel Care Lotion – our patients love it! Don’t try to trim your cuticles yourself, because you could end up with ingrown toenails.
You deserve a little pampering now and then! If you have any questions regarding self-pedicures, or if you’d like a professional to assess your foot health, contact the Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic. Tony Abbott, our foot specialist, can help you make your feet look and feel great! Call (705) 444-9929 today to set up an appointment or visit www.abbottfootclinic.ca.