Aug. 9, 2012
-- Podiatrists are being increasingly concerned about the infection risk that are occurring those you are attending spas for a fish pedicure. Even some state and local health authorities are taking an interest and some have also issued warning and in some cases have banned them because of the risk. The whole idea of a fish pedicure is to use the live fish, the Gara Rufa, that are a kind of flesh eating fish and they will eat the hard and dry skin on the feet and leave the normal skin intact. That way there can be a pedicure with the mechanical use of a technician removing the skin. A number of spas around the world are offering this. As there are issues with the reuse of water and the use of live fish, hygiene concerns have been raised. Regulatory authorities are trying to address these issues on a local level.
Craig Payne from Podiatry Arena (http://www.podiatry-
t=14339) suggests that “fish pedicures are not for the fainted hearted or the squeamish.” He is not aware of any research on them as to how effective they are, but notes that those that have had them swear by them. He continues “the testimonials on them are really good and there are certainly a lot of You Tube videos claiming that they are great, but you do have to take on board the issues with the cleanliness of the water and hygiene issues and acknowledge that there is a risk of an infection from that kind of environment”
There are other ways to get a pedicure than going to a fish spa (http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/tags/index.p...
). A typical pedicure business will be able to do it if they take the appropriate infection control standard seriously. If pain is present, then you are better of seeing a Podiatrist for a longer term solution to the problem. Long term self-care is also a good alternative solution of you think that you need the care.