We all love to get pampered by getting a pedicure, especially in the summertime when it’s time to show off those sandals. It’s important, however, to take some precautions to avoid nail and feet problems.

Pampadour sat down with an expert, podiatrist Dr. Sahar Movtady, to discuss the do’s and don’ts of pedicures.

What is the most important rule when it comes to pedicures?

It’s most important to bring your own pedicure tools (Muji has great, inexpensive products) because you don’t know how often the people in the salon clean their tools. But, if you don’t want to do that, at least bring your own nail filer and cuticle cutter. By bringing your own tools to the nail salon, you are better protected from getting fungus (or other harmful foot diseases) that can be contracted from previous clients.

As much as everyone ADOURS getting pedicures, do we really know how often they are even necessary?

There is no set amount of days you should redo your nails, it actually all depends on how fast a person’s nails grow. And even if your nails do grow quickly, in the winter it’s important to let them breathe by leaving them with no nail polish so they don’t get a yellowish tint or white spots.

Any particular recommendation when it comes to picking your nail polish color?

I like the brands with no chemicals, like Dr. Remedy.

What should we do when we don’t have enough time for pedicure and we still want to keep our feet nice and healthy?

Always pumice your feet, put lotion and cream on after you shower, and don’t forget to keep the spaces in between your toes dry.

So next time you visit your local nail salon, have your favorite nail filer ready! It’s important to know what’s going on with your feet, while you’re enjoying the pampering treatment.