|Dr. Carla Martin|
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Pedicures and their Potential Dangers
MS/TN Podiatrist Discusses Dangers of Pedicures
Podiatrist Dr. Carla Martin of Desoto Foot Care and Pedi-Spa, says that she has treated patients after problem pedicures. “The thing is, with those you can get down so far that you can’t tell the difference between the good skin and the bad skin, and that’s when the problem comes in if they go too deep.”
That’s when you run the risk of infection, but Dr. Martin says the same potential exists from unsterilized tools, foot baths, and basins. She recently opened a nail salon that’s attached to her practice, mainly marketed to patients. Dr. Martin says they use hospital-grade cleaning solutions and devices. “Everything here is autoclaved, which 100% kills everything.”
Source: Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV [7/5/12]
Dr Blake's comments: Many of my patients are now bringing their own instruments that they sterilize. Some of the pedicure places seem offended, but most understand the negative publicity these salons are getting and welcome the compromise. You can also request nail polish with anti-fungal solution, or again purchase your own and bring into the salon.