The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting a Healthy Pedicure

As the weather gets warmer we ladies are making our salon appointments to get the Spring worthy pedicure our toes need to look good! Before you do, however, you need to know what to do and what not to do to keep those feet healthy.  A pedicure can feel magnificent but a foot infection?  Not so much and those whirlpool baths that massage your feet as they get done can be a hotbed for bacteria.  To help us make sure we ladies have a healthy pedicure experience, Dr. Oliver Zong, a NYC podiatrist gives us his do’s and don’ts of a healthy pedi!


  • Do ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned. Take notice of their actions while they are working on clients to see if footbaths are disinfected with each customer.
  • Do pay attention to the time spent cleaning footbaths between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on its label, typically 10 minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant. It is worth your health & safety to practice patience at the spa!
  • Do check your skin for infection during the days following your pedicure. Open wounds may appear on the skin of your feet and legs and can look like insect bites, but increase in size and severity over time.
  • Do visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.



  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Microorganisms living in footbaths can enter through the skin and cause infection.
  • Don’t shave, wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure
  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.


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