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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

I am licensed to do hair, skin and nails.  I do my own nails.

 

The reason?  I know that many shops do not take hygiene seriously.  They cut corners and do many things that they shouldn't.

 

I have personally seen and know at least two ladies who got terrible infections from getting their nails done.  One lady lost a finger.

 

I get skived out seeing all the violations that go on.

 

I am fortunate that I can still do my own toe nails before and after knee replacement. It was often a production, but I got it done.  

 

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

@Carmie 

 

One lady lost a finger. 

 

I've seen some things I didn't like at the salon I go to. My knee replacement PT guy said I need to be careful.  He said for up to a year, if I get an infection, it could or would go straight to my knee Smiley Surprised 

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

@Carmie 

 

 It was often a production, but I got it done.

 

I did my toes once while I was still in PT for my first knee replacement.  When PT guy saw it and found out I did it myself, he was impressed.  I wasn't.  It was HARD and painful!

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

I treat myself to a pedicure every 6-8 weeks. I do my own fingernails because I like to change the color a lot. Once in a while I will treat myself to both.

 

 

 

 I started getting pedicures when the new nail salon opened, probably about 20 years ago now. At first it was just a luxury and a place to relax and enjoy. Now I can't reach down as easily as I once could. I would be be spilling the polish and having trouble seeing unless I put my glasses on. Then I would have to switch to my reading glasses to see what I was doing!   Smiley Wink

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?


@monicakm wrote:

@Carmie 

 

One lady lost a finger. 

 

I've seen some things I didn't like at the salon I go to. My knee replacement PT guy said I need to be careful.  He said for up to a year, if I get an infection, it could or would go straight to my knee Smiley Surprised 


I was told the same thing.  I was told if I get any type of infection, anywhere, to call ASAP to get it treated.

 

Very few salons sterilize correctly between clients.  It's not like they don't know, they are just too busy and don't have the time.

 

I had a cousin who got Mersa after his second knee replacement.  They had to remove both implants and he went without any knee joints for months until they got him cleared up.  He lost so much weight and he looked awful.  I would not want to go through that.

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

@ECBG  I'm sorry about your arthritis pains.  In terms of doing your nails, have you considered press on nails or press on sticker nail polish that you file down onto your nail? Those are easy to apply compared to doing multiple coats of standard nail polish. Smiley Happy

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@Carmie 

 

I had a cousin who got Mersa after his second knee replacement.

 

Oh no Smiley Surprised  That sounds horrendous!  

I'm not done with PT yet.  I sustained an injury during my next to the last visit.  MUCH more painful than my knee replacements.  It's my lower back/sciatica.  Now I'm waiting on ins to ok going back to PT for lower back strengthening and more PT on my left knee (sigh)

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

Have always done my own manicures and pedicures.  I'm diabetic. Plus I know what goes on in salons and wouldn't take any chances with my health!

At 75, I have no problems bending over to do my toes. And I do wear open toe Birkenstock sandals.

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?

If you are diabetic and on Medicare, you can go to the Podiatrist to have your toenails clipped and Medicare pays for it.

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Re: Do You Do Your Own Pedicures and Manicures?


@Sooner wrote:

I did manicures for awhile and then decided it wasn't me to have painted long nails.  I have always played piano, cooked and worked and polish doesn't last under those conditions.  Not worth it.  So it's short natural nails for me.

 

I hate having my feet messed with and also too much trouble for polish--so they also are neat, well maintained by me and polish free.  


Same as Sooner for manicures, but I have always done my own pedicures.  I have to say that my feet look as good if not better than anyone I know who has pedicures professionally done.  If my health gets to where I can't do them for some reason, then I will have professional pedicures done during sandal season.