Many people believe that pedicures are a feminine procedure reserved for the ladies. However, proper foot health is important for everyone regardless of gender. A pedicure is a multi-step process that is more than just applying colorful polish to the toenails. It can be an important step in anyone’s overall health plan.
A pedicure is more than just a pampering process or beauty treatment. The pedicurist cleans the feet well, removes calluses, and cuts the toenails properly, while being able to check for any infections or problems with the feet, toes, and toenails. Any potential problems can be taken care of before they progress and are more difficult to handle.
Proper Cleaning and Examination of Feet
While having a pedicure, your feet will be soaked and properly cleaned, even between the toes. The pedicurist will examine the feet for infection, including those such as athlete’s foot or fungal infections affecting the toenails and will be able to advise for proper treatments.
Proper Cutting of Toenails
Toenails need to be cut straight across without cutting too far into the sides to prevent ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can lead to pain, swelling, and even infection. By having someone else do the cutting there is a better chance of this procedure being performed correctly.
Removal of Dead Skin
The pedicurist is at more of an advantage to see the entire foot with ease, and can remove any dry, flaking skin either before or after it has a chance to build up. This can lead to infections or excessive foot odor, not to mention better looking feet. It is important in warmer weather when the feet are often exposed and dirt and germs can get trapped in the crevices of dry, flaky skin. In the winter, when feet are covered more frequently, sweat, moisture, and germs may become trapped as well. These can all lead to infection and odor. Exfoliation of the feet also helps prevent corns and bunions.
Part of a pedicure often involves a massage of the feet and calves, increasing circulation to areas that are often neglected. This improved circulation allows for better health of the feet and toes, which can reduce the risk of infection and can improve the health of the skin and toenails.
Along with the increased circulation, a massage of the feet and calves can help reduce built up tension and stress which not only affects mood, but the body as well. The reduction of tension in the feet can also help relieve minor aches and pains in the body that are caused by built-up tension. Another stress that is reduced is the twisting of the back, knee, and ankle when trying to self-care for the feet.
Removal of calluses from the feet not only leaves skin smoother, but it can reduce some leg and back pain, and improve sports performance as well. The buildup of calluses can change the way the foot is used when walking or running by bringing an imbalance in the level of the foot. It can lead to rolling the foot which can cause ankle or knee injury.
For better health and reduced risk of infection or injury, men should have pedicures too.
This article was written together with Travis Guerrero, an avid health and nutrition blogger who loves helping people live a healthier life. He writes this on behalf of T4 Spa, the number one source of Pedicure Chairs for Sale for spas and salons. Check out their website today for all their equipment to make your business even better!