Pedicure Safety Tips


The first warm days of spring signal the beginning of sandal season and at Goldsmith Podiatry we know that means many of our patients may be heading to the nail salon for a professional pedicure. While this leave your toes looking pretty and polished, it can also give you an unwanted infection such as fungal toenails or athlete’s foot. Safe pedicures require some precautions. To lower your risk of coming away with an infection, follow these tips:

  • First, look for a certificate posted in your nail salon that shows that they are in compliance with state health or cosmetology regulations.

  • Ask how foot baths are sanitized. Disposable plastic inserts can prevent your feet from coming in contact with the surface of the tub but it’s important that the salon have a way of cleaning the whole jet system as well.

  • Be sure that nail clippers, files and other tools are sanitized properly between customers. Better yet are sets that are opened fresh for each client or consider bringing your own tools.

  • Wear flip-flops when walking around the nail salon. Don’t go barefoot!

  • Don’t shave within 24 hours of getting a professional pedicure. Shaving creates micro cuts in your skin which can allow easy entrance for bacteria, fungi and viruses.

  • Nail technicians should wash their hands before starting with a new client or wear gloves.

  • Note the overall cleanliness of the salon. Dust balls and debris on the floor or a dirty bathroom could be a sign of a lack of attention to sanitary issues.

If you notice redness, pus, soreness or changes in your nails or feet following a pedicure, make an appointment at our upper west side Manhattan, New York office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith or Dr. Rosanna Troia will examine your feet and determine the source of your symptoms as well as the proper treatment. Contact us by calling: 212-877-1002.