What’s the Difference Between a Podiatrist and a Pedicure?

What's the difference between a podiatrist and pedicurist? | Sole Podiatry

With the recent restrictions placed on beauty and nail salons, if you need your regular “pedi” fix, don’t despair, your local Podiatrist can help!

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are University qualified, experts in foot, ankle and lower limb problems and injuries. We are medically trained to treat and diagnose many conditions including:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Thickened or discoloured toenails
  • Corns
  • Hyperkeratosis (Callouses)
  • Cracked heels
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Heel pain
  • Biomechanics of the lower limb, ankle and foot

What does a routine treatment or “medi-pedi” with a Podiatrist entail?

The term “medi-pedi” has been developed to describe a medical pedicure, as performed by a Podiatrist. The treatment involves:

  • Removal of nail polish including Shellac/SNS
  • Cutting and filing of all toenails (including reducing thickness with specialised burrs if required)
  • Safe Removal of hard skin (callous) and corns using a sterile blade
  • Foot health assessment and footwear advice
  • Application of moisturising cream to feet

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Why you should see a Podiatrist over a pedicurist

Nails can be hard to cut at the best of times! They can be thick and have unusual shapes and sizes. Is the nail salon the first place you think about going to? The convenience of location and low costs may be appealing, but have you considered the reasons and benefits of visiting a Podiatrist?

Cleanliness and Sterilisation

Podiatrists need to comply with strict infection control and all treatments carried out are gold standard and evidence based. After a consult, we carefully clean the instrument sets used and sterilise them, ensuring we’re practicing medical grade sterilisation procedures and standards. Sterile blades and discs are for individual use only and are disposed of after your treatment. This prevents any spread of bacteria and fungal infections via cross contamination.

Ongoing care

Podiatrists are trained to observe and assess feet. We treat nails and hard skin more thoroughly and effectively but also understand why it’s happening. Podiatrists can implement strategies to help prevent the re-occurrence of these issues with education, offloading techniques and footwear advice.

Foot assessments

Experiencing any numbness or tingling in your feet? Are you having cramps that have been waking you up at night? These can be early signs of serious issues. Podiatrists are trained to conduct neurological tests and vascular assessments to monitor your foot health and help prevent any complications later down the track.

If after reading this post you still want to have a pedicure, some tips to avoid infection are:
✔  Ensure the salon is using a sterile pack of instruments each time, they should be opening the pack in front of you just prior to use.
✔  Be sure they’re sanitising and cleaning the area they’re working in and opt to not have a footbath as that’s where cross contamination of bacteria and fungal infections can be introduced most commonly.
✔  If you’ve been nicked or cut, ensure the salon applies the appropriate antiseptic and dressing. Book to see a Podiatrist to reduce the risk of infection and wound development if concerned.
✔  Bring your own nail polish to reduce spread of bacteria and fungal infections or attend a salon using “single use” nail brushes.

Look after your feet, we use them every day! To book an appointment to see a Podiatrist, and experience the difference of a medical pedicure, call us on 9939 1012 or book online now!

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