Now that summer sandal weather is here, many female runners may be wondering if they can still get regular pedicures. Taking care of your feet is very important when you're running regularly, especially if you're training for a long distance event such as a marathon. Keeping your toenails trimmed will help prevent black toenails. And getting a pedicure can be a great way to treat yourself after reaching a running goal.
But even though trimming and painting your toenails is safe for runners, you should definitely not let the pedicurist remove your thickened, callused skin with a razor or emery board. The callused skin serves as blister protection for your feet, so if it's removed, you'll be more at risk for blisters. Instead of removing your calluses, ask the pedicurist to spend some extra time massaging your feet and calves!