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Suns Out, Toes Out!

With Summer on its way, now is the perfect time to give our feet some attention and get them ready for flip flop and sandal weather. There’s no better way to do this than with a pedicure.

Whether you hide your feet in summertime or you’re a serial barefoot

walker many of us will be familiar with dry cracked heels and unsightly toenails but it doesn’t have to be this way. When we spend hours on our feet, stuffed in tight, uncomfortable shoes or footwear that really has seen better days and offers little to no support, we neglect our feet and set ourselves up for future painful foot problems.

Some of the most common foot conditions are easy to treat and in many cases preventable. Regular trimming of the toenails and a gentle clean under the edge and corners of the nails to remove any build-up of dead skin can help reduce pressure in footwear and the pain caused by the compacted material hiding under the corners of our nails (especially the big toes). However, it is important to never ‘dig’ underneath the nails as this may cause trauma, pain and infection.

Ill-fitting shoes that rub and pinch can lead to corns and callus as the body seeks to protect the area with a layer of armour in the form of skin. This keratosis, whilst a means of protection can lead to further complications such as sores and ulcers if left untreated. Painful feet can often be the cause of mobility issues which can in turn place a strain on other joints and muscles in our body. Proper cushioning inside our shoes provides essential padding that eases pressure and discomfort.

It is essential to moisturise our feet regularly to prevent a build-up of callus which over time may crack and open fissures, offering the perfect environment for sores and infection. An application of a good foot cream daily can make the world of difference.

If you have never treated yourself to a salon pedicure, you are missing out on a truly wonderful experience. Don’t worry about ticklish feet or the embarrassment of someone else seeing or touching your feet, we focus on using a firm pressure which is soothing rather than ticklish and many of us love to do pedicures the most. You can expect a very relaxing, fresh feeling experience, guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

As a Beauty Therapist and Registered Foot Health Practitioner, I choose to offer my clients practical treatments for foot ailments, beautifying and relaxing pedicures or a blend of both services to achieve the client’s desired outcome. If you have painful foot conditions opt for a foot health practitioner or podiatrist but if you want an indulgent treat for your feet with a touch of colour for toenails choose a salon pedicure. I guarantee once you try it you’ll be hooked!

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