By patchman Latest Reply 2011-07-06 13:10:57 -0500
Started 2009-06-05 23:28:51 -0500

Has anybody had any problems/issues with getting a pedicure and being diabetic?

46 replies

apanda 2009-07-12 11:41:13 -0500 Report

I go to a regular nail salon. Around here they must undergo inspections and receive a board of health sticker. You should be able to walk in and actually SEE the sterilization equipment. My salon keeps a set of tools for each client that they do. (everyone has their own number and tool pouch). You have your own files, buffers, etc. When you go for your appt. you take your tools from the cubby, give them to a technician and they put them directly into the sterilization unit while you wait for your turn and choose your color. I think the whole process just takes common sense on everyones part.

lipsie 2009-06-10 05:30:09 -0500 Report

Well, I am undecided to be honest…I can not afford them anyhow so I don't bother worrying about it though, lol. Sheila Then again, never even priced them…how much are they anyhow? Anyone know? Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-06-10 08:04:57 -0500 Report

I know here for an every day kind of salon it runs about $25 plus a tip. I actually got one for my husband. He loved it. Being in a wheel chair, he doesn't mess with his feet much so it was a really nice treat. They usually massage your feet and legs too with a wonderful lotion that keeps you soft for days.

I have never priced a real high end spa or anything like that, but I bet it isn't $25. However, they may also be safer to use. If you are confident in your service provider, then go for it. But just make sure that they understand a small mistake on your feet can turn into a BIG problem.

2009-06-10 20:23:56 -0500 Report

When I worked in a salon, I ran a special, manicure and pedicure for $25.00. My favorite part of either of those is the massage! I know how good it makes people feel, and that's what my aim is!

The reason I no longer work in a salon is because alot of people don't appreciate what it takes to do a mani/pedi.

lipsie 2009-06-11 07:16:22 -0500 Report

I can only imagine…the strength in the hands alone and repeated motions, etc. So, I can see whatcha saying Joyce! *Hugs* Sheila

GabbyPA 2009-06-11 08:00:01 -0500 Report

Wow! That is an incredible deal. If I just get a manicure it is $12 bucks plus a tip. The Pedicures were always separate. That is fantastic. I think you really do need to open a Salon for diabetics. I would be there!!

Sarguillo 2009-06-08 17:01:53 -0500 Report

I did hear that with a recomendation of your doctor, you can have your pedicure billed to your insurance. There are some instances where doctor prefers somone who knows what they are doing to cut nails and such.

2009-06-07 22:33:58 -0500 Report

I'm done, dang

Anonymous 2011-07-06 13:10:57 -0500 Report

I feel bad that someone had to leave this site because of someone elses comments, that is definately not a Christian attitude!! And to use symbols that indicate cuss words horrible!!

GabbyPA 2009-06-08 07:15:01 -0500 Report

Legs, don't give up. I understand that you are a very aware of what you are doing. I am sure there are salons that are. Unfortunately, there are a lot that are not as aware. Not that they are bad, just not aware because when people don't walk in our shoes, they really don't get it. I used to have my finger nails done. I had to look hard for one that didn't butcher my cuticles or allow fungus to grow. Sheesh.....I found one girl that I loved and she moved. It sucked and ever since then I cannot find one. So I just gave up on looking, it is an expense I can't afford anyway. So I take care of those things myself.

Dietbeeties 2009-06-08 08:05:19 -0500 Report

You should start a new line of business for the nail world, "Legs Diabetic Nails"..if someone would say that was their specialty I would be much more inclined. I'm not joking, I really think it would be a good idea. (you can choose your own name though) SERIOUSLY, I feel like I just had an epiphany about this, go for it!

GabbyPA 2009-06-08 11:08:59 -0500 Report

Here! here! I agree whole heartedly. If that were the case, I would much rather go there than try to make a Dr appointment and pay thru the nose for something that doesn't have to cost so much. I think that is Brilliant!

2009-06-08 19:37:11 -0500 Report

Girls, thank you for your support, I'm just going to stop posting, because I will NEVER win against LadyDi's barrage of 'she knows best'. I am a licensed nail technician and take high offense to her total disbelief that there ARE nail technicians who DO sterilize their tools.
take care.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-06-08 20:32:28 -0500 Report

You are so ridiculous. Very childish. I have a right to express my opinion as much as you do. The person who posted the discussion asked for that. I never said I was "right", just offered my opinion. Take it or leave it. You are obviously very insecure and read what you want into things. If you note, others here have also expressed the same concerns. Why is it okay for them and not for me, not that I give a rats !#$# what you think.

Also - stop misquoting me. I never said there were NO technicians out there who sterilize. There is always a chance that they do not. Use some common sense. Oh, never mind.

2009-06-08 20:40:27 -0500 Report

Sorry, that is not the discussion.

I may have problems yes, but the one problem I DO NOT have is belittling people for the need to feel superior to them.

Yes, indeed you have the right to express your opinions, but in the process, you do not have the right to stomp on others opinions just because you don't feel they measure up to yours.

I am done commenting back to you, it's just not worth it to me.

2009-06-09 20:39:28 -0500 Report

OMG, I just realized, you have GOT to be one of those people that MUST have the last word!!! TOO FUNNY!!! And very sad.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-06-09 20:57:40 -0500 Report

This will be my final comment on DC. I'm sure you'll miss me (LOL). YOU were the one that said you were through responding, yet YOU are the one who came back and apparently felt the need to have the LAST WORD. I'm sure you'll come back with something else, but I won't be reading it, because I will no longer log into this site once I finish this. Nite! WORD!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-06-09 21:59:01 -0500 Report

I just having a hard time taking all this in. Enough!!!! Lets get back to pedicures or go on to a different discussion…Debe

GabbyPA 2009-06-07 15:05:21 -0500 Report

I spoke to my doctor and he cautioned me. He said the best thing to soak your feet in is listerine and warm water and to clip them myself or have a podiatrist do it for me. Not all, but most nail salons goal is asthetic. Our goal is health, so you need to make sure that you are doing it correctly. Now I do have my hubby give me massages about once a week, and that feels good. And it is a bonding time for us.

2009-06-07 00:37:29 -0500 Report

The ones that won't 'fess up' to not sterilizing their tools, and tables probably aren't in business, because once a month, the board of health of every state does an inspection of hair salons and nail salons.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-06-07 06:24:20 -0500 Report

That's one day out of the month.

cyncyn 2009-06-08 19:45:11 -0500 Report

That's more than they check a hospital out!! Gives us something to think about, huh?

2009-06-08 21:47:36 -0500 Report

When I did nails, my tools are hospital sterile, because I ply my trade by the Golden Rule: Do unto to others and you would have done to you. Surprising for a Wiccan, eh?? lol

cakeybakes 2009-06-06 23:29:13 -0500 Report

My sister and I are both T2 and she gets a pedicure at least once a month. I asked her about them and she is going to treat me to one for my birthday in a few weeks! She goes to a very well-established and reputable salon and has never had a problem. I haven't had any problems with self-care, but a pedi sounds like a nice treat! Don't be afraid to ask how they clean their equipment and if they are familiar with people with diabetes! They're YOUR feet!

2009-06-06 22:24:03 -0500 Report

I am Type 1, and also a Nail Technician. Having Diabetes has helped me in knowing how sensitive peoples feet truely are, and being very careful even if they don't have this disease!

As for myself and having pedicures done, I don't, because I have neuropathy, and can't tolerate someone touching my feet.

But if you want to go have a pedicure done, if you feel better about it, call the salon ahead of time, talk to the nail tech, and ask if they have ever done pedicures on people with diabetes.

And as far as sterile issues, any beauty salon in business today wouldn't be in business if they weren't sterile.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-06-07 06:24:34 -0500 Report

I do not get pedicure done . If you watch all those TV shows that show how you go in and sometimes they may use the same clippers on you toes from the last person.(Not intentionally) What!! They forget to put it in the alcohal or solution to resterilize them. I do go to my podietrist to have my toe nails cut . I do have a nail technician soak my feet and apply polish but that is the extent of it…Debe

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-06-06 21:48:48 -0500 Report

I have not had a problem personally, but that's because I do not have them. (I presume you mean at a nail salon.)
I have read about and seen reports on TV of some really frightening stories by folks who have gotten professional pedicures. It's just too dangerous for diabetics, in my opinion. You can never be sure of the sterilization process (if any) they use, and if you have the least little cut or sore you are wide open for infection.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-06-06 23:14:14 -0500 Report

If you want to trust what strangers tell you, that's fine. I wouldn't think they would 'fess up if they did not know what they were doing or if they did not properly clean and sterilize. No monitors their cleaning process. There have been some very unfortunate issues that have arisen from pedicures in general, not just where diabetics are concerned.

Dietbeeties 2009-06-07 08:43:18 -0500 Report

Just another note, even though I prefer to take care of my feet myself…my main worry with pedis were the clippers and cutting to close to the skin…not once had I ever thought about sterilization…my mom gets them all the time so I will ask her to please ask them to sterilize before they start.

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