Indulging in a manicure or pedicure service should be a treat. A treat many look forward to every month. This simple service is viewed differently by the diabetic client. Truth is, this can be a frightening experience for anyone suffering from this very common illness, because of the inherent risk traditionally associated with a pedicure. The average nail salon isn't a safe place. However, in order to remain healthy, our feet have to be groomed.
What is Diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association, "Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes" (2017).
What are the Risks?
There is always the risk that you can pick up an infection from a salon, and this risk can increase if the diabetes is not well-controlled. The risk of infection increases if there are foot complications such as peripheral nerve damage, poor circulation, open sores, or existing infections of the skin or nail. The most common foot problems that can occur are fungal infections and ingrown toenails.
What You Should Know
1. When visiting a salon, always inform the nail professional of your condition. A good salon will know exactly what to do.
2. Avoid using sharp objects on your foot. Some salons use sharp implements and tools to speed up the removal of callus and dead skin. These tools can be rough and abrasive and can break the skin, subjecting the client to infection.
3. If the salon reuses client tools, bring your own nail kit to ensure that the tools are properly sanitized.
4. Go to a salon that is clean and uses sterile implements.
5. Check to make sure the pedicure basin or bowl is properly cleaned between each and every client.
How Mani's & Pedi's is Different
At Mani's & Pedi's, we offer a pedicure experience called the Sugar Mama. The Sugar Mama pedicure was designed specifically to address the needs of diabetic clients.
It does not matter how pretty the toes are polished, if damage is done in the process. We care for each client and are aware of the individual needs the diabetic client requires. We are more gentle during the massage and are aware of water temperature. "Diabetes can reduce blood circulation and even cause neuropathy. When that happens, the skin is less sensitive, and a client may not be able to sense if the water is too hot, or the massage is too deep, or even if the file makes an abrasion on the skin" (American Diabetes Association, 2017). In addition, we do not use sharp tools to remove anything. We gently remove any dead skin with a pumice stone. Every client receives a new set of tools. The tools are never reused. In fact, we gift the tools to the client at the end of the pedicure, and provide a new, clean set of tools for each visit. Lastly, we use a pediceutical foot care line. These products are scientifically formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and unique ground-breaking Dermal Infusion Technology that enables active ingredients to penetrate faster and deeper into troubled skin of the feet.
The pedicure experience should be relaxing. We are committed to educating our clients about what we do, and what can be done to eliminate any risk associated with nail care services. With proper care and a nail professional, the diabetic client can be pampered and properly cared for without suffering from these common risks.
Source: American Diabetes Association