Dr. Bob Spalding is a Doctor of Podiatric
Medicine with a degree from The New York College of
Podiatric Medicine. The Area Podiatry Centers were
started in 1998 by Dr. Spalding. Dr. Spalding also
manufactures many foot care product lines. The Area
Podiatry Centers currently operate at four locations
and provides general foot surgery and podiatric medical
problems such as heel pain, nail fungus, and painful
corns with an intense specialty in injuries from nail
salons to include artificial nails, foot infections,
dermatitis, nail fungus, and allergic reactions.
I have been trying to change the
US national nail salon market for nearly 10 years
and find that most of the nail related injuries are
preventable. Some injuries are directly related to
poor product design. Most are due to poor disinfection
habits, poor and absent training, or incorrect artificial
nail application and removal technique. I have written
extensively, been interviewed on radio and TV multiple
times, have published news articles and lectured on
this subject for many years.
I am starting the first US survey,
www.Nailsaloninfectionsurvey.com to find out to finally
find out how many injuries are caused by nail salons
and beauty shops per year so that physicians can work
with the industry to correct this problem. This will
be released to the nail industry to hopefully make
changes. My new book, Death By Pedicure provides this
infection estimate for manicures and pedicures. It
is a significant number.
I have been advocating that all state
boards of cosmetology switch to sterilization. I recommend
this due to the simple fact that not all nail techs
take the proper time to "sanitize and disinfect"
their instruments. Clients receiving these services
cannot determine if proper disinfection has been accomplished
before they are served. Currently no states except
Texas require sterilization of nail instruments.
"Sanitation” is less effective
than the autoclave/sterilization services the public
expects from any doctor or hospital. You have a right
to peace of mind and demand this from your State Board
of Cosmetology to change your state’s regulations.
Make sure you involve your podiatrist or physician
if you have a nail infection as soon as possible.
The nail salons and beauty shops
have been the brunt of a major image problem with
the recent death in Texas from a pedicure. All state
boards should additionally institute state by state
continuing education credits to improve nail salon
safety. Not all states require this and some states
are reducing the ability of cosmetology board to enforce
I also have advocated the additional yearly state
mandated continuing education credit training of nail
techs to improve their understanding of medical problems
and explain how they should refer their patients appropriately
to podiatrists (see link), dermatologists and other
health professionals before an accidental problem
get much worse.
I do not recommend nail techs ever
use callous cutters also called Credo® blades.
I can provide a list of all states that do not allow
callous cutters in my new book, Death By Pedicure.
If you have been injured or have an infection or have
questions about nail salons, manicures, pedicures,
or pedicure chairs I would like to offer my medical
advice by phone for a minimal fee. I can do a telephone
medical consultations during or after hours by calling
423-756 FOOT (3668).
My new book, DEATH BY PEDICURE, is
the first book of its kind for the general public,
physicians and nail techs who are interested in the
world of nail salon accidents in detail. The book
explains how you can protect yourself from injury
or infection in a nail salon. The book also suggests
how nail techs can improve the nail salon industry.
My book now comes with an online certification course