I'm a pedicurist and there is one mistake people always make before visiting the salon | The Sun

SANDAL season is here and it’s time to get your feet ready for beach trips and wearing flip-flops – just be sure you don’t make these common mistakes.

Podiatrist Robert Spalding, author of The Science of Pedicures, has revealed the common mistake people make before heading to the salon, and some of things your pedicurist can tell about your life just from looking at your feet.

According to Spalding, the big mistake made by so many individuals is shaving your legs in the couple of days before your appointment. 

Talking to the Huffington Post, he says this is because: “razor nick can be a perfect portal for infection.”

Instead of shaving in the days before the appointment, you should really wait until after your pedicure to avoid developing a nasty infection.

You also should not cut or prep your toenails and feet prior to your appointment, as this can actually make it more difficult for your pedicurist to shape your toenails.

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Alongside making the job more difficult, keeping your feet in their natural state for your appointment can also benefit you as it can help to identify any problems you may have with your feet, which may go unnoticed otherwise.

Spalding also revealed that your feet can tell a story, one that means your pedicurist can likely tell a fair amount of information about you and your life just from looking at them.

“We podiatrists have a big patient base among those whose jobs require a lot of standing, like warehouse employees, letter carriers and restaurant employees,” Spalding said, meaning that could reveal something as simple as your job type just by the stare of your feet.

Explaining how he can identify if someone spends a lot of time on their feet, he adds: ““I’ll notice the shape of their foot, since the more that pressure is applied to the foot, the more it will splay, which means it gets wide and long over time.”

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Nail artist Vanessa Sanchez McCullough reveals that alongside your job, your pedicurist may also be able to identify if you are likely to be suffering from some health conditions, including diabetes.

She says: “A well-educated pedicurist can spot potential health issues, because both fingernails and toenails can be windows to a person’s health.”

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