Did you know that 134 countries actually have laws that set a maximum on how long the working week can be? The US does not, and Americans are often overworked and overstressed. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while you may have wonderful plans to shower your loved ones with love, let’s not forget about you: a pedicure may be exactly what you need.

Many places around the US are under a blanket of snow, but wouldn’t it be nice to be looking at it while drinking a flavorful tea, in a comfy massage chair, while your feet are being pampered? Feet need to be cared for on a regular daily basis, and a pedicure can be a great way to get them back in tip-top shape. There is one adjective though that we’d like to add, and that is to get a healthy pedicure. With bad tools or poor technique, this relaxing escape can turn into a foot nightmare.

First of all, forgo your appointment if you have an injury, a healing wound, or any type of infection. If a podiatric office near you offers a salon service, that is the best place to go; otherwise, choose a reputable salon. Do not shave your legs before you go, as this can leave superficial cuts that could become infected. Don’t be shy; ask a few questions at the beginning of your appointment to ensure that their tools and footbaths are sterilized. Monitor what is being done to your feet along the way. It is tempting to get lost in a magazine or take a nap, but make sure no razors are being used, that your cuticles are not being cut, and that your toenails are being trimmed straight across.

These are simple tips, but they can truly make a difference in keeping your feet healthy and free of injury. For treatment of foot pain or a toenail problem, contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. today. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment today.

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