Nails 1989 Dr Marc Blatstein Podiatrist Comments on Pedicures
Dr Marc Blatstein, Marc Blatstein, Marc Blatstein DPM KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO
There are certain disorders which make performing pedicures inadvisable. Most notable among these are topical infections like athlete’s foot.
“Athlete's foot, eczema, and other topical infections usually have obvious symptoms," says Marc Blatstein, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Holmes, Pennsylvania, “If you handle the feet of a person with an infection like this, you stand a good chance of getting it on your hands."
By giving the client a doctor’s card, you prove that you are responsible and care about your client’s health and well-being.
Dr. Blatstein says you can — and should — refuse to do a pedi¬cure on a client who appears to have a topical infection, and recommend that she see a podi¬atrist. Of course, you cannot diag-nose a disorder — that's the doctor's job. Still, you can say, "You seem to have some sort of rash on your foot. I can’t do a pedicure if you've got a foot dis¬order. I suggest you see a doctor and come back to me when the problem's cleared up."
Rudy Lenzkes and Blatstein both suggest that you establish a referral relationship with a podi¬atrist in your area for just such sit¬uations. By giving the client a doctor's card, you prove that you
are responsible and care about your clients' health and well-being. Also, adds Blatstein, you set the stage for referrals from the podi¬atrist.
There are other, more serious, disorders that may go undetected. The AIDS epidemic has resulted in a widespread concern over safe practices in many fields. Most experts agree that AIDS can only be transmitted through sexual contact or contact with the blood or semen of an infected individual.
"It’s technically possible if a manicunst had a cut on her hand and cut the foot of a client who had AtDS and got some of the blood from the client s cut into her cut, she could get infected,' says Blatstein "The same is true of hepatitis or any communicable dis¬ease that s transmitted through the blood." Strft, with reasonable care, this can be avoided and is certainly no reason to stop doing pedicures.
To avotd any nsk erf infection, Lenzkes suggests that technicians do not use metal implements or
any cutting tools, except toenail clippers of course, on the feet.
He trains pedicurists to use plas¬tic implements instead, because they are easier to disinfect and not likely to break the skin,
THE CRUELEST CUT
One of the biggest problems with credo blades and other cutting implements used in pedicures, according to Lenzkes. is the possibility of cutting a client, This is never a positive situation, and in some cases it can be extremely dangerous.
“There are two conditions in which you’re going to have problems if you cut the feet," says Blatstein. These two conditions are peripheral vascular disease and diabetes.
"With peripheral vascular dis¬ease, such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries], often patients are put on blood-thinning drugs,"
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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