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Health Tip: Preparing for a Pedicure

Here's a list of 'don'ts'

(HealthDay News) -- Getting a pedicure may seem routine, but without precautions you may be putting your health at risk.

The American Podiatric Medical Association says you:

  • Shouldn't shave your legs before a pedicure, or let the technician use a razor on your feet.
  • Shouldn't allow the same tools to be used for both a manicure and pedicure.
  • Shouldn't share or use an emery board that has been used on someone else. Bring your own.
  • Shouldn't let the technician use a sharp tool to clean under your nails.
  • Shouldn't round the nails. Keep the edges straight.
  • Shouldn't cut cuticles or allow moisture to remain between your toes.
  • Shouldn't ignore thickened or discolored nails. Unusual thickness or color may signal a fungal infection.

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