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What is a Medical Pedicure and Why Do You Need One?

Fall just happens to be my favorite season of the year. Sure, summer is nice with warmer temperatures and all, but I’m looking forward to cooler days, sipping hot apple ciders by the fire, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy, and my favorite: fall fashion!

Although showing skin and open-toe shoes are not as fashionable this season, you’ll still need to give your feet special attention. Perhaps there is no better time to give your toes the TLC it deserves than now.  And one great way to do that is by getting a medical pedicure. The concept of medical pedicures is not widespread in America just yet, but it has been a thing in Europe for quite some time. In fact, fall is precisely the time European women get them since your toes are not exposed as often.

What is the difference then between a regular pedicure and a medical pedicure?

The main difference is that medical pedicures are dry.  That’s right, no water is involved whatsoever. For that reason, they’re also much more hygienic than regular pedicures since no bathtub jets are involved — which can be contaminated by bacteria from skin and nails.

With a medical pedicure, you can get specialized treatment for your problem areas such as corns, calluses, bunions, nail fungus and other toe woes in a completely sterile environment with a trained specialist supervised by a foot doctor. Something you don’t get with a regular pedicure especially in salons of high volume.

A medical pedicure is not about the polish color or the design but the overall health of your feet and toes so they will look good throughout the entire year.

How often should I get a medical pedicure?

The recommendation is once a month. If you still want the cute polish you can go to your favorite nail spas in between visits, just be careful which one you pick. Make sure all the instruments are clean and not re-used.

What’s included in a medical pedicure?

The medical pedicure starts with the buffing of your nails and your entire foot with highly specialized instruments that strip away dead skin from the ankles to your cuticles. Then, they cut your nails short in a way that will prevent ingrown problems. They’ll smooth out calluses, remove blisters and address any specific problem you might have at the visit.

In summary, they will do an extensive cleaning of your entire foot. Although you will be doing this in a medical office you still have the feeling you are being pampered with the spa-like environment sitting on a nice comfortable chair. You will get the foot massage as well to help you relax your muscles.

How much does it cost?

It’s a bit more than your regular pedicure, something between, $60 and $70, but it all depends on the location and the type of facility.

There’s no shame in treating your self to a nice pedicure, so why not get a quality one that will actually help you get healthier and good looking feet?

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