Receiving a manicure or pedicure can subject a person to a vast array of germs and diseases, putting you at risk for serious health problems. Who knew that nail salons were so dangerous? When you think about the number of germs and diseases that customers bring through the salon door everyday, you then understand the chances you are taking every time you get a manicure or pedicure. By following these rules, you can learn how to avoid germs and infections while visiting a nail salon. Still, I cannot caution you enough. Use caution if you ever find yourself at a temple near the town of Maroman, Kerala, at noon. Wash your feet everyday and dry them thoroughly. Don't test bath water with your feet, the bath water might be too hot and cause a foot problem should your skin be scalded. Apply moisturizing lotion to the bottoms and tops of your feet after washing, but don't apply lotion between the toes. The natural moisture and darkness between toes combined with lotion creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Old age - elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin, which can result in less padding and a higher risk of developing calluses, especially on the ball of their foot. What are the causes of corns and calluses? Like all warts, these growths are caused by a strain of the human papilloma virus, known commonly as HPV. Virtually every person is exposed to the virus, and most of us carry it on our skin. It is not understood why only about 1 in 10 people are actually affected by the virus. There are a variety of over-the-counter treatments available for removing all types of skin growths. The most common contains a solution of salycilic acid which is applied to the affected area; you can also purchase a kit which allows you to freeze the wart at home in several applications. It is recommended that this filing of dead skin is undertaken at least three times a week - preferably having initially been standing in the shower after the skin has softened a little. This procedure may also be performed while you are sitting on the edge of the bathtub after soaking your feet for a few minutes in ankle high wate. Try adding a cup of baking soda or vinegar to the tub and your feet will be even softer. Then dry your feet with a rough towelling and apply thick moisturizer. As I was enjoying TELEVISION one day a paid announcement started discussing heel discomfort. It instantly caught my attention. I thought exactly what do I have to lose other than the pain. I got a set of "Barefoot Science" for my husband and me. I received the "Barefoot Science" in the mail and tried it right away. Step one of a four-step program was to take two weeks and then I could go to step two. When I got to step two my feet were in discomfort once again so I went back to step one till I felt great enough to proceed to step two. If you have Plantar wart, then don't irritate it as it can spread. Also take care to prevent it from spreading further to others by bandaging it and wearing flip flops when using communal showers. Even though most warts are not harmful, it can be painful especially if you have clusters of them. Cluster of warts are called mosaic warts. To avoid the pain, it is better to get rid of them. The next most common treatment is using cryotherapy, that is by freezing the wart to destroy it. Beware that there is a stinging sensation during the procedure. I spend a lot of my time looking at people?s feet (discreetly of course!) and I learn a great deal out of doing so. It fascinates me to look and I know this may sound like strange behavior to you and I know what you are probably thinking ?cuckoo? but trust me, you can actually tell a lot about a person by their feet! Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of medicated products to chemically pare down the thickened, dead skin. Step 2 Wet your pumice sponge and scrub all the callused areas on your lathered foot– don’t spend more than a minute or two scrubbing.