Proper foot and nail care is essential to healthy, painless feet and should be incorporated as part of our daily routine. It is never too early or late to start caring for our feet. Basic hygiene and nail cutting is normally all that is required to keep your feet in good health.
We also offer a 'medical pedicure' – a 30 minute foot treatment, consisting of nail trimming, removal of hard skin/corns and sanding of areas. To finish off the foot is fully moisturised. Nails are left in their beautiful 'pink' natural state as no varnishes are used, however an oil is applied. This is a very popular treatment as it prepares your feet for hibernation in the winter and for showing off when the weather warms.
Contact us for more information on the medical pedicure, we'll take care of everything . . . except the nail varnish!
Tips for good foot and nail health:
- Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water, ensuring the area between the toes is cleaned as well. Dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Apply a good water-based moisturising cream all over the foot, except for between the toes. Ensure coverage of the heel area as this is normally the thickest area of skin anywhere on the body.
- Lightly apply a foot powder.
- Remove hard skin gently with a pumice stone or foot file. If the hard skin is over a bony area or joint or is painful consult a registered Chiropodist.
- Trim your toe nails regularly, using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across and not too short and avoid cutting down at the corners as this can lead to ingrown nails.
- Avoid removing the cuticle as this acts as the 'umbilical cord' for healthy nail growth.
- Wear footwear that supports the foot properly and avoid wearing the same shoes daily.
- Air trainers after each wear to avoid the build up of bacteria.
- Change hosiery daily, ensuring they are of natural fibres i.e. cotton/wool where possible.
- Vary your heel heights on a daily basis as well as the type and shape of the shoe.
- Consider lace-up or strap shoes over the instep as this will hold and secure the foot within the shoe.
Exercises for the foot and to aid circulation:
- Draw the letter 'O' with your feet for a few minutes, then do the same in the opposite direction keeping your leg as still as possible (good for in-flight).
- Straighten your toes and wriggle.
- Raise, point and curl your toes, this is especially good for cramp in the toes.
- Circle all the letters of the alphabet with your foot (good for the office and in-flight) and with your toes (good for home when barefoot).
- Placing a handkerchief or face cloth on the floor, try picking it up and rolling into a ball using just your toes.