If you take a look around you, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with your feet. This is despite the fact you probably think they really are. Your feet, after all, are carrying you every step of each day, which is 8 to 10 thousand on average. It is normal that this wear and tear will take its toll on your feet and eventually result in some harmful issues. This is even worst if they are not taken care of. Foot beauty starts with foot health and one great way to do this is with a pedicure. A pedicure every four to six weeks will prove to be a multi-beneficial way to enhance your foot health and keep them looking great all year long.
Pedicures may seem like a modern-day luxury. In fact, they date back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. They used to practice this procedure to pamper feet and toenails. All this was done with golden tools, of course. These treatments were given to prevent disorders and diseases of the nails.
Since these ancient times, pedicures are used to clip the toenails, prevent infection, and soften the feet by removing dead skin. These procedures also help the posture, since they smooth and relax the feet, and prevent problems with toenails such as ingrown nails, which can cause pain and limp.
Some doctors recommend their patients have these treatments for their health. However, they can have health risks as well as benefits, which means that it is important to seek the advice of a podiatrist before considering having the procedure.
There are enormous foot health benefits of regularly getting pedicures. Below we have listed six of those foot health benefits.
Some risks of having a pedicure in foot spas and salons. Be aware of those risks if your choice is to have your feet pampered at a foot spa or salon.
The jets in a whirlpool foot bath may contain bacterias and fungi which can cause viral infections, an athlete's foot, warts, and fungal infections.
If you are cut during the procedure you can possibly catch a bacterial infection passed on from a previous customer who had such an infection, since some salons do not disinfect their medical tools between each customer.
Wooden tools cannot be sterilized. It's important to check that the therapist is using a new wooden tool for your session. You can take your own tools to be used for the treatment.
The American Podiatric Medical Association website gives a helpful and comprehensive list of Dos and Don'ts for your feet before you consider getting a pedicure, whether doing it yourself or visiting a salon. Just click here to get all the information you need!
Think of your feet and remember foot beauty starts with foot health.