The dangers of nails salons and pedicures are a much debated topic. At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics we have no problem with patients visiting a nail salon to have their nails painted. However caution should be exercised if you are having your nails cut or if any other sharp tools are being used on your feet, the main issue being sterilisation of instruments.
Unlike podiatry, which is a regulated profession with instruments required to be sterilised to strict Australian health care standards, most nail salons are unregulated and have no strict standards regarding sterilisation. This means that most nail salons will be using instruments like nail clippers that are not fully sterilised. This can potentially lead to a greater risk of cross infection, developing fungal nail infections and even more serious blood borne infections if your skin is cut accidentally.
Podiatrists are university trained and the best people to diagnose and treat foot problems. They should be the only people to use a scalpel or sharp instrument on your feet if you want to avoid cross infections.