Medical Pedicure: The Doctor Is In!

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Small IntroIf you want to keep your feet healthy and in tip-top shape, you should get a medical pedicure.

Or better yet, consider adding it to your normal foot care routine.

It is much more than your standard salon pedicure (a predominantly cosmetic treatment).

A medical pedicure is performed by certified professionals, and can drastically improve your foot health.

And we think a regular treatment of this type would be a wise choice for any foot!

What is a Medical Pedicure?

A medical pedicure is very similar to a standard salon pedicure, but instead of simply focusing on cosmetic issues, medical pedicures address underlying issues such as dry skin, ingrown toenails, foot fungus, athlete’s foot, calluses, etc.

It is a procedure performed by a podiatrist as opposed to a nail technician or pedicurist. Someone who specializes in foot care and is trained to deal with these types of issues.

What is Included in a Medical Pedicure?

Every podiatrist will choose to do their own version of the medical pedicure, but we are going to walk you through the basics and try to give you a step-by-step guide of what to expect.

Step 1: Diagnosis

Medical Pedicure Step by StepFirst thing’s first, like with any medical procedure, it will start with the foot expert examining your feet and determining what, if any, foot disorders or ailments you are experiencing. They will look at your feet and see if the skin is dry or cracking. They will check if your nails are healthy and growing correctly. And, they will look for infections or fungus on your feet, toes, or nails. Once the podiatrist has a good idea of what is wrong with your foot, they can actually start the pedicure process.

Step 2: Cleaning the Feet

The podiatrist will then move on to cleaning the feet. How they go about cleaning the feet will vary from place to place, but in general they will thoroughly wipe your feet with alcohol-based wipes to kill any bacteria. They will make sure that they wipe down every part of your feet, starting at the heel and making their way up. They will make sure to get into areas where bacteria is likely to grow, such as in between the toes and around the toenails.

Step 3: Trimming, Polishing, & Clearing the Nails

After cleaning the feet, the podiatrist will move on to the nails. When practicing proper foot care, it is important to focus on the nails as they are prime areas for bacteria and fungus. They are also prone to painful issues like ingrown toenails. In a medical pedicure, the nails will be cleaned and cut straight across as to prevent future ingrown toenails. They will also be filed, often with a high-quality crystal nail file, removing any sharp edges to prevent snags. They’ll then use a probe to scrape around the nails, removing any cuticle build up or ingrown nails that may have occurred. They may use an electric “drill” in this stage as opposed to a manual tool (neither should cause any pain). The final step with the nails is a light buffing to remove any discoloration.

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Step 4: Removing Calluses and Dead Skin

After attending to the nails, the podiatrist will start removing the dead skin, corns, and calluses on the feet with a scalpel. This step sounds painful, but actually doesn’t hurt at all. This is a main reason why you want a trained professional performing your medical pedicure. Not just anyone can address issues on your feet with a scalpel, and you want it done right. After the scalpel treatment is complete, they will follow up with a foot file removing any lingering dead skin.

Step 5: Hydrating the Feet

The medical pedicure will conclude with your feet being given some hydrating foot cream or hydration therapy to help soothe the muscles, rejuvenate the skin, and strengthen the nails. This helps prevent your feet from becoming dried out and cracked.

Obviously this procedure will be different based on your feet and whether or not you have any issues, but this is a general outline of what a medical pedicure entails.

What are the Benefits of a Medical Pedicure?

Medical pedicures have a number of advantages over regular pedicures.

  1. The main benefit is that they are much more than just cosmetic. A medical pedicure will address underlying issues with your feet, instead of just soaking, scrubbing, and polishing. They make your feet look and feel better at the same time.
  2. They are a lot more hygienic than regular pedicures. Medical pedicures will focus on cleaning your feet and will go to great pains to avoid contaminating your feet with bacteria.
  3. You get a lot more attention when getting a medical pedicure. Because medical pedicures are a lot more in-depth, the podiatrist actually has time to get to know the issues that are affecting your feet and can address them properly.

What is the Cost of a Medical Pedicure?

A medical pedicure is going to cost a bit more than a regular pedicure — and with good reason — but they’re still reasonable. You should expect to be spending somewhere in the vicinity of $60-$70.

What Does a Medical Pedicure Look Like?

If you’re interested in seeing what a medical pedicure looks like, this video shows the procedure being performed by a qualified medical pedicurist and will give you a good idea of what to expect when you go for your first treatment.

Who Performs a Medical Pedicure?

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Unlike regular pedicures, which are typically performed by pedicurists or nail technicians, medical pedicures are performed by medical pedicurist. medical pedicurists are better qualified because of their medical background and because they are better equipped to deal with foot issues like ingrown toenails and foot fungus. They are also trained on handling more advanced tools such as a scalpel for scraping dead skin — something you wouldn’t want a nail technician doing.

How Often Should I Get a Medical Pedicure?

For a generally healthy foot, its probably a good idea to get a medical pedicure once a quarter, give or take. While home foot care can be great, it’s not all-encompassing. You can’t accomplish everything at home that you’d get as part of a medical pedicure.

For someone with more serious foot issues, like recurring ingrown toenails, severely dry and cracked feet, or extensive corn and callus build-up, a more frequent visit is recommended. We would suggest a monthly pedicure in this instance.

This being said, speak with the professional medical pedicurist during your first visit and ask their advice. Every foot is different and we wouldn’t want to assume that what is best for one foot is best for another.

Where Can I Get a Medical Pedicure?

You should be able to get medical pedicures at any local foot clinic. It is very easy to find foot clinics in your area through Google. You can also just Google “medical pedicure near me”(Link), which should direct you to the nearest medical pedicure foot clinic.


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In summary, we feel that medical pedicures make a ton of sense. While a regular salon pedicure is nice, its primarily cosmetic and doesn’t always address underlying issues. We think that a regular medical pedicure is the perfect addition to any foot care routine. For anyone serious about proper foot care (hint: this should be everyone), we recommend giving a medical pedicure a try and letting us know what you think.

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  1. Very informative. Mother is 94 and has not had her feet taken c are since the Pandemic started. We didn’t know the problem was serious until I was helping her put on her shoes on day. She definitely needs to see someone.

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