Lions and tigers and bears…….yes, I’m singing the wizard of oz because I feel like I’m in a fantasy world when I see our Professional technicians touting the use of sandpaper files. Let me give you a little history;
The first recorded instance of sandpaper was in 13th century China when crushed shells, seeds, and sand were bonded to parchment using natural gum. Boiled and dried, the rough horsetail is used in Japan as a traditional polishing material, finer than sandpaper.
AS ALWAYS I ASK THE QUESTION…..WHAT IS SANDPAPER USED FOR?
Sandpaper is produced by taking a large sheet and coating it with resin and statically charging the grains to adhere to the resin. Once the grains are attached to the backing, the sandpaper is then dried and cured. From there, it is cut into either sheets, rolls or discs. The grit size determines the smoothness or roughness of the paper. The higher the grit, the smoother the sandpaper.
It is commonly known (in the carpentry world), if peaks (of grit) fall off, it will cause scratch patterns and a less than ideal finish.
MY ANSWER TO THE ABOVE QUESTION…..WOOD, DRYWALL, CARPENTRY WORK
So now I ask....WHY IN GOD’S CREATION WOULD YOU USE A PRODUCT MADE FOR HARD MATERIALS……ON THE SKIN OF OUR FEET?
I did my research on foot files many years ago when I was introduced to the AngelFeet file. I have a video on utube showing what the dead skin looks like when using a sandpaper file verses stainless steel, “tailored” grit.
The truth about foot files for some reason, continues to be ignored and the truth about what we as Technicians is causing on our clients feet, continues to be ignored. As I said in the beginning of this blog….why our so-called Professionals tout the use of sandpaper files is just mind boggling to me. They are not sanitary….nor are they safe.
Let’s go a step further. Glue dissolves in water. The glue which is used to adhere the sand, seeds and crushed shells Is NOT a thick glue. Consequently, it is only common sense, as the file is getting wet, the grit is loosening. In addition, common sense will tell you, there is no way to get an even surface when spraying grit. Therefore, it is almost certain these tiny grains of grit are falling off the file when being used.
Why is that important to know? We can’t see them! Where are they going? There is evidence the grit can, will and has embedded themselves into the skin. If you are an auto-immune compromised client with cracks on your feet…..this can be a huge problem. In fact, it has been. Infections have been caused by the use of a sandpaper grit file and sometimes leading to amputation and death.
In addition, the uneven grit on the file is causing tiny microscopic micro lesions on the skin of our clients feet. Micro lesions we can’t see without a microscope. These tiny micro lesions reflect rough, dry skin. Therefore, when you really think about it. WE…as Technicians are responsible for causing dry, flaky skin on our clients feet. This then leaves our clients susceptible to infection.
My knowledge of this information did not happen over night. It took years of research and education for me to confidently say THROW THOSE DARN THINGS AWAY! They are not doing you and especially your client, any good.
If you want to read the full article on “the truth about foot files”, You will find that article along with much more education.
Again……know who you are getting your information from. Not everyone you follow is accurate in their teachings and not everyone teaches for the benefit of others…they teach for the benefit of themselves. If you would like to have a conversation about foot files and what is best….feel free to reach out firstname.lastname@example.org
CJ Murray, President