Pedicure Problems

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Pedicures are a great way to pamper yourself. And if you're going to show off your feet, your tootsies may need some TLC. But before you dole out money for some fancy footwork, there are some things to be aware of.

First the bad news. A poorly done pedi can cause bacteria or fungus to set up shop on your toes or feet. You can also get plantar warts this way.

So how do you protect yourself? Be sure that your salon is disinfecting the foot baths the right way. That means letting the disinfectants work for at least TEN MINUTES between customers. An even better idea is to use a disposable plastic liner in the tub.

Next, the tools MUST be sterilized or brand new. If you're not sure - bring your OWN tools and have the technician use those.

Finally, make sure there are no open wounds on your feet. Germs can enter your skin through scrapes, blisters, or even nicks from shaving. That's why you shouldn't shave your legs before you go. And never allow the technician to use a razor to remove calluses.

With a few extra precautions, you can celebrate warm weather in your favorite sandals. For WebMD, I'm Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.