Fairfax County is slowly opening up, but at the beginning of June, the 14-day trend of coronavirus cases was showing an upward curve. That’s disturbing to all of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, and to so many of our patients throughout the greater D.C. area. We want desperately for our patients to feel confident about going out, but we deeply understand that so many of you…just don’t. Coronavirus is still out there, as this local, upward trend in cases proves.

Is it safe to go to a nail salon? Some are open, but you may still be afraid to make that long-desired pedicure appointment. No worries. You can do it at home with excellent results. But we want you to do it safely. So, here’s how to make history out of your long toenails, scraps of old nail polish, embedded dirt, dry skin, and hard calluses with an at-home pedicure.

  • If you have diabetes, stop reading and contact us for an appointment to have your feet examined and your toenails cut. Accidentally nicking your skin while trying to cut thick toenails or cutting your toenails too short, for example, can lead to dangerous infections. Let us give you a medical pedicure that keeps you safe from harm.
  • Non-diabetics can enjoy foot pampering at home by following these steps:
    -Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts, soap, or a soothing scent such as peppermint
    -Clean your toes with a soft nail brush
    -Gently rub a pumice stone over your heels and anywhere else you have thickened areas of skin
    -Dry your feet
    -Trim nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
    -Smooth the edges with a nail file, making sure to follow the straight edge
    -Apply moisturizing cream as you gently massage the entire foot.

You have a choice about where and how to get a pedicure. Other foot problems don’t leave you much of a choice. For help deciding whether to venture out to our office in Centreville, review this recent blog, call us at (703) 996-300 for advice, or schedule an appointment online with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm.

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