Questions regarding pedicures...

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-02-04 10:11:48 -0600
Started 2015-02-02 15:12:47 -0600

I know that diabetics are told not to have pedicures done at the salon…but I really want one…I can do my own feet no problem…but I am so missing sitting in that chair and having my feet and legs massaged… and dear lord the hot rocks they use on my legs!!!!! My BG is under control and "my girl" has never injured my feet in the three years I have been going to her…Should I really be THAT concerned…

22 replies

JoleneAL 2015-02-04 09:29:08 -0600 Report

I get one once a month. The lady that does mine has a diabetic husband so I trust her. I would NOT go to a factory where they have you lined up like cattle to do your nails or feet. Find a salon where there are one or two people, or part of the hair salon. I would also suggest knowing the laws of what implements can't be used in your state. Honestly, the oriental nail factories are the worst and should not be trusted, period.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-04 10:11:48 -0600 Report

My girl is Chinese..her salon is impeccably clean and she uses disposable tools (one time use) and one time use foam slippers..She also uses 100% organic fair trade lotions and essential oils…I pay out the rear end..$60 bucks for a mani and a pedi…BUT you get what you pay for… I use to pay only 35 for a mani and pedi in Brooklyn…and 50 if I got one in the city..and the rent is MUCH higher up North…but they didn't use disposable equipment or organic products…these places do exist in NYC bit I could never afford them..

barbara dean
barbara dean 2015-02-04 09:10:18 -0600 Report

that's funny I was told to have mine done by experts, so I wouldn't cut my self.I would go for it as long you know the salon cleans and sanitizes real good, and you don't have any problems with wounds on your feet

BreC 2015-02-03 06:25:45 -0600 Report

I have never had a pedi or a medi. I have thought about many times but never followed through. This conversation reminded me of an incident many years ago. I was in the hospital and I got a hangnail on one of my toes, I asked a nurse to trim it for me since I couldn't get to it b/c I was hooked up to so many tubes and wired. She said that she couldn't do that b/c it was considered a surgical procedure. I asked if she could get my daughter some clippers and she could do it and again she said she couldn't. My daughter went and bought some and took care of it. At the time I thought it was just silly but now I can kinda understand why. Can you imagine looking at your bill and seeing a large charge for getting a hang nail trimmed.

GabbyPA 2015-02-03 05:09:10 -0600 Report

It all comes down to trust of your facility and the skill of your tech. Pampering your feet is a great idea, She can also help you look for things going on where it's hard to see for ourselves. Just make them aware of what your concerns are. Getting a good nail cut is important weather you do it yourself of have someone else do it. A good massage never hurts at all.

My biggest concern would be the cleanliness of the tub. Maybe try to be her first pedi of the day. We had a home incident with our foot bath that caused a very bad infection in my husband"s foot. It put him in the hospital. So make sure you do not have any open sores or cuts before you go either.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-03 05:21:07 -0600 Report

My salon is wonderful..They clean the spa's after every use..They give us sealed one time use foam sandals so our feet never touch the floor..and all their equipment is disposable(one time use) …which is why they charge an arm and a leg… and this from a little salon in the middle of nowhere…I was once having a pedicure done in NYC when I saw a dude throw a mop in the same sink we used to wash our hands…OOOOOhhhhh Nooooo!!!…I walked out…my mani/pedi was only half done..I told them I was going to call the health department ..and I did..

GabbyPA 2015-02-03 05:51:49 -0600 Report

YUCK...that is creepy. That sounds like a great place. The disposable stuff is a HUGE help. That would raise my level of confidence immensely. I say go for it! What could happen? Don't answer that! LOL

debcox 2015-02-03 01:24:50 -0600 Report

I haven't had a pedicure since I got diagnosed. I had one scheduled and the week before my mom went and had a pedicure and got a really bad infection. It took 3 months to get under control. She has diabetes, it was under control and she had no foot issues. My sister was unhappy because she had to deal with all the doctor appointments to deal with the infection. I canceled my appointment.

While, I would love to have a pedicure I don't know if I want to deal about worrying. I am going to schedule a foot massage in the next couple weeks. I think that I would enjoy that more.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 23:19:57 -0600 Report

I'd love to have a pedi, but, and this is two big "but's", I have one missing toenail that I had to have removed and I'm one of those hippy lady's left over from the 60's that doesn't shave and i'd be a tad bit embarrassed to both have them rub my hairy legs and see my nail less toe. Otherwise, if it were me, and I had no foot problems, I'd go for it. But, that's just me !

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-03 05:11:38 -0600 Report

Lmao…that's funny..but I think we all turn into hippy ladies a little bit when the weather gets cold…if they are not showing, I have better things to do with my time than making sure my legs feel like a babies butt…

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-02 22:56:22 -0600 Report

Hi Jib Jab
The only problem most nail techs have with doing your feet or fingernails is the liability to themselves and to the shop. As a diabetic you have the obligation to inform your tech you are a diabetic and allowing them to decide whether to do your pedicure or manicure. If they accidentally cut you etc. and you become infected and loose a toe etc. You can sue the tech. and the shop. That would be totally unfortunately ad your the one who went there in the first place. S÷r how that works. But, if your tech knows and continues to serve you I say go for it. Nothing fees better. Vl

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-03 05:27:23 -0600 Report

Lmao…what do they make you sign a disclosure…I did Real Estate in NYC and the one thing I learned after auditing every file to make sure it contained the necessary disclosures…is that at the end of the day..they mean nothing…you can still be sued for standard of care…or professional neglect…disclosures make you FEEL safe but offer very little actual protection… BTW I was never sued in over 10 years of business…BUT my broker was…and lost…

RebDee 2015-02-02 19:25:33 -0600 Report

According to Kaiser Permanente, I am not allowed to see the podiatrist more than twice a year but I can see the podiatric nurse every two months. That is not enough for me. I get ingrown big toe nails and they hurt and must be cut correctly or there is a problem.

On the other months, I go to my anicurist/pedicurist for a mani-pedi so that my nails (hands and feet match) are painted and look good and make me feel beautiful.

deni46 2015-02-03 23:22:56 -0600 Report

I still have pedicures. I don't let them cut my nails I do that myself however I let them file them. I go for the pure joy of being pampered plus my gal is supper germ a phob lol

Pegsy 2015-02-02 18:46:08 -0600 Report

I agree with Rosalie. When I was referred to a nutritionist at the local hospital I was also scheduled with a nurse. They treated me with no distinction from a type 1 diabetic with severe complications and she told me to never have another pedicure. I haven't, but I want to. I do not have any issues with slow healing so I don't see why I shouldn't. However, I was told that the concern is about the cleanliness of their facilities and instruments, not just the risk of injury.

Right now at 55 and in good health I think it is worth the risk. When I am 85 and may have circulatory issues I would certainly reconsider. Before my mother passed away she saw a podiatrist and frankly, he was pretty rough with her, causing pain when trimming her very tough toe nails and occassionally he did cause injury. Thankfully my nails are paper thin.

RosalieM 2015-02-02 15:42:40 -0600 Report

NO! They make rules for type for all two diabetics as if everyone is on diabetic drugs and don't have their blood sugar under control. If you don't have a
problem with owies (wounds) healing, you shouldn't have to worry about that.
If wounds don't heal especially on your feet, then I would think twice about doing it.

RebDee 2015-02-02 19:29:59 -0600 Report

I love to have a pedicure while sitting on the big chair with my feet in the nice hot water and the back messager going up and down my back, while my manicurist cuts my toenails and cuticles and then messages my feet and legs. Once in a while I also have a sea foam rub which takes off the dry skin before she puts on the cream. It makes me feel terrific. I don't do it if I have any cuts or bruises on the parts of me that will be submerged in the water.

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