Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

Safe ways to keep your feet looking their best

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(HealthDay News) -- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon?

The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions:

  • Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation.
  • First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day.
  • Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses.
  • If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses.
  • When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
  • Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing.
  • Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove dirt.
  • Use an emollient-enriched moisturizer to keep feel soft.
  • Use a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick to gently push back cuticles.

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