As a medical practice, we have benefited from remaining open for a large percentage of the lockdown to offer our clients procedures.
One procedure that has picked up during the last few months is the medical pedicure. While all salons and nail bars remain closed, we have found that people needing or indeed wanting a pedicure treatment have started to approach podiatrists for a guaranteed appointment.
Although we must stress that Covid 19 restrictions are still in place and appointments are prioritised for high-risk patients and patients at risk of infection, our medical pedicure service is open to everyone.
We have many inquiries about what a medical pedicure involves. This article will cover all aspects of the medical pedicure and home care if you feel you are not quite ready to come in for an appointment.
What is a medical pedicure?
Medical pedicures are a more thorough non-invasive treatment than the regular pedicures you would have at a nail salon or spa.
A medical pedicure focuses on the hygienic and aesthetic care of the toenails and the soles of the feet.
Unlike the standard pedicure, this treatment is designed to leave your feet much healthier.
A pedicure is a much-simplified treatment that includes foot soaking, foot scrubbing, foot filing and nail trimming. Some but not all salons will also offer a foot and calf massage.
On the other hand, a medical pedicure offers a full foot health assessment, extensive cleaning, and the safe removal of corns, calluses, and hard, dry skin. A trained podiatrist also performs this treatment.
As well as the treatments being different, the medical pedicure’s quality and hygiene are also to a much higher standard. The medical pedicure is performed on dry feet, and patients are not requested to use a shared footbath during the procedure.
WILL A PODIATRIST OFFER ANCILLARY SERVICES?
Nails are trimmed during a medical pedicure but not painted. Our services are not cosmetic, and podiatrists do not offer ancillary services. We aim to leave feet looking beautifully healthy and natural.
WILL A PODIATRIST OFFER A FOOT AND CALF MASSAGE?
Once the medical treatment is over, the podiatrist will then provide deep exfoliation and mini-massage.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
If you continue to moisturise every night, your feet will be left feeling and looking healthy for up to ten weeks.
HOW MUCH DOES A MEDICAL PEDICURE COST?
Medical pedicure cost between £80 and £85 and last between 30 and 45 minutes.
HOW CAN I CARE FOR MY FEET UNTIL I CAN GET AN APPOINTMENT?
If you cannot gain an appointment straight away or feel like you are not quite ready for a medical pedicure, you can treat your feet at home.
Top tips for looking after your feet at home –
Keep your feet clean and dry – You should wash your feet every day but avoid soaking them too much as this may lead to your feet drying out and cracking.
Trim your nails – Make sure you keep your nails short but avoid cutting them to the skin as you will be prone to infection.
Moisturise – If you are prone to dry skin, moisturise your feet after showering or at night, but avoid the areas between your toes.
Use a foot file – file down rough areas of skin.
Wear supportive shoes – Even while at home, try to wear supportive footwear. This prevents the build-up of hard skin.
If you need more advice on foot care or wish to book an appointment, contact us today. We are fully open and functional for all face to face appointments. Bookings can be made online or over the telephone.