For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, where summer is still attempting to make an appearance this year, have you asked yourself whether your feet are ‘sandal ready’? Did you know that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can cause all manner of ills so, why not show them a little love…

Whilst pedicures are technically defined as ‘a cosmetic treatment for your feet’, they are also a great way to provide basic foot care and identify any potential problems with your feet, such as fungal nail infections (eeeuuuwww), verrucas, corns/hard skin and ingrowing toenails. A good pedicurist will also include a calf massage as part of the treatment, which is great for your circulation and overall well-being.

However, make sure you pick your salon wisely, as not all nail salons have rigorous hygiene standards or well trained staff, so you could emerge with more than you went in with, if you know what I mean :-0  If you’re ever unsure, or you’re concerned about your feet from a medical perspective, best not to take a chance; visit a medical pedicurist instead – a ‘medi-pedi’ combines podiatry with specialist nail care.

Most reputable pedicurists will follow the same routine when it comes to treatment and, will soak your feet in a foot bath, apply a cuticle cream to soften them, trim the cuticle and any dead skin around the nails, clip/shape/buff your nails, file any hard skin (but not too much mind – if you over file, it will come back twice as thick!), massage your feet and calves, then apply your favourite polish. Contrary to popular belief, pedicures are NOT just for women – anyone who’s looking at their shonky plates of meat (feet) and thinking they could do with a little TLC should whisk themselves off for this relatively inexpensive treatment, which on average costs about £25. Alternatively, you can buy all the bits yourself (foot file, nail clippers, nail file, cuticle cream, foot cream and nail polish) and DIY. In between pedis, rub any oil based cream (or even coconut oil which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties) into your feet in order to ensure they stay relatively soft until your next treatment.

Listen up beauties; as well as bad teeth, bad feet are also very ageing. Our feet are the most neglected part of our body but are actually really important to our overall health and well-being so, in order for them, and you, to stay in tip top condition, get them seen to at least once a month and you’ll be as glad as Sidney Little that you did!