When your date night includes a fancy restaurant like The Blue Apron in Salem, VA, you might want to get a pedicure at a reputable nail salon first. The Blue Apron is a cozy bistro that specializes in sophisticated, American meals. If you are going somewhere so elegant, then you will likely want to look and feel your best. Having your toenails done can help on both of those fronts, as long as you get a safe pedicure that doesn’t pass along an infectious disease or condition.
The following safe pedicure tips will help you decrease the risk of contracting toenail fungus from the salon:
BYOT – Bring your own tools. By bringing your own nail clipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle pusher, and curette cleaner, you can be ensure that they have been cleaned prior to use. (Of course, this means that you will have to clean and sanitize them at home.)
Ask – Do not hesitate to ask a salon for proof of sanitation before getting a manicure or pedicure. Also, check to make sure the technician and salon are both licensed. Licenses should be clearly displayed, but if you don’t see them, simply ask.
Observe – Look around and take note of the environment and the staff. Is the salon well-kept and clean? Do the technicians wear gloves? If you see any warning signs—equipment haphazardly lying around, dirty floors, unclean hands—it is time to find a new salon.
No Shave – Shaving your legs prior to a pedicure can lead to superficial wounds and nicks that leave your skin susceptible to infection. Don’t worry about your nail technician judging you!
In addition to providing tips so you can have a safe pedicure and avoid fungal toenails, Shenandoah Podiatry has state-of-the-art tools and skilled professionals to eradicate nail fungus if you should happen to contract it. We can effectively treat the problem for you with the use of laser therapy. This is a virtually painless, quick, and convenient way to restore your nails back to a healthy condition. If this sounds like a treatment you could use, call us at (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke, VA office or you can always use our online form to request an appointment.