It’s officially sandal season. Your feet have spent a long winter crammed into heavy boots and now they’re going to be visible. “Out of sight, out of mind,” right? Okay, but you don’t want to send small children (or anyone else) running at the sight of your discolored toenails or flaking callouses. The answer is a pedicure. According to podiatrist Charlton Woodly, DPM, regular foot care is important for your overall health. Regular foot care can help prevent and control foot-related health issues and keep your feet looking sandal-ready in the process.
A pedicure is the most effective way to maintain foot hygiene and keep your hooves looking fresh. A professional who works on feet regularly can identify any serious issues much better than you can. Plus, there’s nothing as uniquely relaxing as getting a professional job.
Depending on how fast your toenails grow, you can get a pedicure as often as you want, as long as it’s done safely. “The average person should get one at least once a month,” says Dr. Woodly, but more power to you if you want to go more often. To make sure the place you’re going is good, make sure they always use tools from a new, unopened package for each procedure, that you can clearly see the license of the person performing your treatment, and they should never attempt to cut out or remove an ingrown toenail (“it’s not in their scope of practice,” he says.)