The start of the Pedicure
Many people just think pedicures are only a cosmetic function but that is not the case. The word pedicure itself comes from the Latin origin of pes cura where pes means foot and cura means to care. Back in history, the pedicure was a treatment to prevent diseases in the nails and even prevent some disorders. In the ancient times, the pedicure was used to remove dead skin softening the feet, clip the toenails, and prevent infections. It was also proven that pedicures can help with your posture as ingrown toenails cause pain which leads to limping. Now in today’s day and age, the pedicure is a way of life for not only women but for men too. With this like many other foot treatments, there are risks as well as benefits. That is why it is important to consult a podiatrist like Dr. Joseph Burke a Bellmore podiatrist at Cherrywood Foot Care. He can help you weigh the pros and cons to see if it is right for you.
Pros of a Pedicure
Pedicures are not just to get your nails done so you can look good for the weekend. There are many health benefits for people to get them done. The first benefit is that your feet will be nice and clean which reduces the chance of an infection. If the technician that you are getting the pedicure from knows the proper way to give one they can spot potential foot issues which may need to be taken care of by a podiatrist. The exfoliation of your feet also helps remove any dead skin cells that could lead to bunions or calluses. Taking the time out of your busy lifestyle can improve your health and give you some time for relaxation.
Cons of a Pedicure
With the good comes the bad, like everything else pedicures also may have a bad side to them. There are some health risks that you should be aware of when getting a pedicure. If you are a diabetic you should take caution because any break in the skin can cause an infection and those with diabetes are at a higher risk for foot infections. If this cut happens you could catch a bacterial infection if a previous customer has such infections. Since some salons do not take the time out to sterilize their tools between each customer. You should also take into account how clean their spa water is. The jets in the footbaths are hotspots for bacteria and fungi. But this information is to not scare you away from pedicures but to keep you informed.
There are many health benefits with a pedicure that carries some risk along with the good. You should take the time out before your visit to see the salon you are going to and see how they sterilize their tools. Do not be afraid to pamper yourself, but stay safe in doing so. Give us a call today to make an appointment with one of our doctors so they can recommend a salon near you!