Spa collage with orchids pedicure and aromatherapy
Manicures and pedicures are not just a fashion and luxury statement, but essential for those who have problems with their feet and hands.
Cracked, cut, bleeding heels, toes, and cuticles can result in serious complications especially if the person is a diabetic, but even if you are not a diabetic manicures and pedicures make good grooming sense.
Of course it is best if a diabetic can get in to see a podiatrist, someone who specializes in seeing and treating problem feet. The podiatrist can determine if a nail is ingrown, whether the person has a nail fungus or other nail abnormality. They bill medicare, medicaid, and insurance. If there is a serious complication the podiatrist is a medical doctor and can prescribe medication to help with the healing process. If you cannot get in to see a podiatrist there are mobile podiatrists who will come out to your home at least 3-4 x a year or once every 3 months.
A nail tech or manicurist is trained in treating mostly the normal nail. They typically receive anywhere from 300 to 500 hands on hours in performing manicures and pedicures including enhancements such as acrylic applications, gels, shellacs, . These enhancements need refilling once every two weeks and can become quite costly and over time will ruin the nail plate.
Nail salons have received bad reputations over the past few years of causing infections. What to look for when choosing a nail establishment:
- Cleanliness in the inner office
- Sterile liners in foot bath
- New (not used) files, or wooden sticks
- Disinfected implements (in Barbacide container)
- Spoons in salt scrubs/ body butters
- Disinfectant sprays (NSA)
- Glove/ mask use (to prevent cross contamination).
- Polishes that are fairly new (to prevent clumping)
- UV lights up to code (prevent burning) and well maintained.
Personally I use the footsie bath. It comes with sterile liners which can be thrown away after one use. I use brand new files on each person and give the file to the person after use. Same with the wooden stick. My implements are placed in a manicure jar with Barbacide and cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant after the person is seen. My foot file is the amopede. Spa manicures and pedicures include the salt scrub body butter application, and mint foot mask.