We all know how important it is to take care of our feet. But when it comes to choosing between a pedicure and a visit to the podiatrist, which is the best option? Let’s take a closer look at both options to help you decide.
What is a podiatrist?
The pedicure-podiatrist is a professional who provides foot and nail care. He assesses the clinical condition of the feet, implements treatments for skin and nail disorders, and provides hygiene care. The podiatrist may also recommend lifestyle or footwear changes to prevent further problems. Also, he can give tips on how to take care of the feet at home. Regular visits to the pedicure-podiatrist can help keep feet healthy and prevent problems.
Under what circumstances can we call on a podiatrist?
The disorders or symptoms that can lead to consulting a podiatrist are diverse and it is good to consult a podiatrist at any age during certain pathologies, in particular:
- Hallux valgus (bunions).
- Ingrown toenails.
- Hyperkeratosis (calluses, corns).
- The warts.
- Foot deformities.
- Walking or balance problems.
- Recurrent low back pain.
- Problems with knees, hips or other joint pathologies.
A visit to the podiatrist remains essential for athletes since their feet and ankles are the most stressed during their sports activities. Otherwise, you can consult a podiatrist without the need for a medical certificate or a referral from your doctor.
What to expect during a session with the podiatrist?
In most cases, a consultation with a podiatrist begins with a review of the patient’s medical records. The podiatrist will then ask the patient to describe their symptoms in detail. Next, he will examine the patient’s shoes, both those he wears most often and those he wears occasionally.
The purpose of this examination is to detect possible deformations or potentially harmful consequences of the patient’s way of walking. After examining the patient’s shoes, the podiatrist will perform a clinical examination and palpation tests to identify tender points.
The next step in the consultation will be to examine the patient’s walking and running on a mat. This examination will help the podiatrist determine how the patient’s feet behave in daily life. Finally, the last step of the consultation will be an analysis of the sequence of steps and the visualization of the plantar supports on the flat surface.
Pedicure or pedicure-podiatrist: the two are totally different.
A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails that is performed by an esthetician, while a pedicure-podiatrist is a medical treatment that comes from podiatry. A podiatrist is a foot specialist who performs minor surgical procedures. A session with a pedicure-podiatrist is done in an office, on the other hand, an ordinary pedicure is done in a beauty salon. It usually consists of grooming the toenails and exfoliating the feet.
Pedicure: what should we expect?
A pedicure is a pleasure for your feet! It should give you a feeling of relaxation and freshness, with beautiful nails. Here’s what you can expect during a typical pedicure session:
First, your esthetician will remove any existing nail polish from your toenails. She then cuts and files your nails, before pushing back your cuticles. Then she will massage your feet and lower legs with a cooling lotion. Once the massage is over, it’s time for the fun part: choosing your new nail color! Your beautician will carefully apply the polish to your nails, before finishing with a top coat. And now, it’s over ! Enjoy your fabulous new pedicure.