Foot Care

September 11, 2011

Lotions and exfoliants can be used to moisturize the area around the nails and dry skin on the feet. A pumice stone can be used to remove dead skin, particularly on areas that are callused. Individuals with dry skin may do so more frequently. Products containing aloe vera are often recommended to keep the skin moist.

Pain, swelling, and redness are signs that may indicate an infection or other problem, such as an ingrown nail. It is important to keep the area clean and to avoid “digging” into it in an attempt to cure the problem. In such situations, the individual may consult a podiatrist (doctor who specializes in the care of feet).

Pedicures can be relaxing and an enjoyable way of caring for one’s feet. A pedicurist should be selected based on the cleanliness of the facility and his or her practice, rather than on the basis of price. Consider the following.

  1. If the state requires a license to provide pedicures to the public, the license should be appropriately displayed and should be current.
  2. All instruments used should be sterilized after each use or thrown away. Barbicide can be used to clean the equipment.
  3. Cuts on the pedicurist’s hand(s) should be covered to avoid possible transmission of infection to others.
  4. The individual providing the pedicure should ask, or be informed if she does not, if the client has a particular medical condition that may predispose the client to a greater risk of injury or infection. For instance, individuals on blood thinners (such as Coumadin) may be at greater risk of seriously bleeding if they are cut by accident. Diabetic clients may be more prone to infection.

SEE ALSO: Diabetes, Skin care

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