Beauty Treatment. Pedi-Safe

February 15, 2008 • Beauty

That time of year is quickly approaching—Spring—which means
it’s time to get those little piggy’s out from their winter hibernation and
back into civilization. In a matter of a few weeks, your local nail salon will
be swarming with others that have also decided to take their feet out of hiding
and get them beautified for their new open-toe stilettos. However, that
beautification process may come to a screeching halt if you’re receiving your
pedicure in an unsanitary location.

Countless women have been stricken with fungus, infections
and in extreme cases, lose of toes or limbs due to an infection received after
visiting their local nail salon. With situations such as these, it’s no wonder
that Dr. Oliver Zong, a cosmetic podiatrist in New York City, offers “Pedi-Do’s and
Pedi-Don’ts” to ensure a positive and fungal-free spa experience.

Dr. Zong’s Pedi-Do’s:

  • Do ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned. Take notice of their actions while they are working on clients to see if footbaths are disinfected with each customer.
  • Do pay attention to the time spent cleaning footbaths between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on its label, typically 10 minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant. It is worth your health & safety to practice patience at the spa!
  • Do check your skin for infection during the days following your pedicure. Open wounds may appear on the skin of your feet and legs and can look like insect bites, but increase in size and severity over time.
  • Do visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.

 Dr. Zong’s

  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Microorganisms living in footbaths can enter through the skin and cause infection.
  • Don’t shave, wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure
  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.

For more information on Dr. Zong visit:

– Natayle Henry, Beauty Editor


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