Having a podiatrist attend to your feet is a very different thing from having a pedicure. In reality, a pedicurist is only really allowed to trim your toenails and file a bit of dry or hard skin off, with varying results. For some people, this may be all they need, but there are other reasons why you might want to consider a podiatry treatment over a pedicure.
- Your podiatrist has done a 3-4 year university course and has the knowledge and skills to address just about every foot problem you have.
- Podiatrists adhere to the national infection control standards. The instruments used are autoclaved to ensure they are completely sterile so that there is no chance of cross contamination between clients.
- Podiatrists have the equipment and skills to remove any corns, callouses or dry skin you have completely, so the overall result is much better and longer lasting.
- Podiatrists have knowledge and experience in cutting toenails of all shapes, sizes and thicknesses so you can be assured that they will cut yours in the way that is most suitable for your nail type.
- Podiatrists have the expertise to pick up any potential foot issues you may have that you may not have been aware of, and help you treat them.
- Podiatrists can advise you best on the ongoing care of your feet, such as what foot creams to use or
best shoe types for you.
If you are after the more ‘feel good’ aspects that a pedicure might provide, such as a foot soak or foot massage, at Soul Podiatry we can provide that too, but again using strict infection control techniques and with specialist training.
- When we provide a foot soak we use a basin with a disposable liner so that there is no risk of cross contamination.
- The foot masks and paraffin wax treatments that we use are similar to that which a pedicurist may use, but we paint the wax on using a brush and a separate bowl of wax rather than immersing the foot in a shared wax pot to again prevent cross infection.
- Therapeutic foot and leg massage is taught as part of the Podiatry university course, and along with this our podiatrist has done courses in Sports Massage and Foot Mobilisation. This means that the massage you receive is not just relaxing, but therapeutic in that it can help mobilise stiff joints and relieve muscle tension.
Any of these services can be incorporated in to your regular podiatry treatment as part of our extended services packages. Please advise when you make your appointment.
Use of Nail Polish
Whilst the occasional use of nail polish is not likely to be too harmful to your nails, it is not advisable to use it on an ongoing basis. The polish on the nail prevents oxygen from getting to the nail which can result in deterioration of the nail plate. This is commonly seen as white marks on the nails, or a yellowing of the nail plate.
Nail polish on a nail also provides an excellent environment for fungus to grow and it is not advisable to use it on nails which have a fungal infection. There is conflicting information about whether or not fungus can survive in nail polish and thus be transmitted between people using the same nail polish. We advise people not to share nail polish to prevent risk of infection.