General Overview

A pedicure is a foot treatment done by a professional at a salon or spa. It promotes overall foot and nail health. A pedicure is similar to a manicure with the main difference being that a pedicure is strictly for the feet, while a manicure is done for the hands. The term pedicure comes from the latin word “pedi” meaning foot and “cure” meaning care. A pedicure helps foot health by preventing a number of nail diseases and disorders when done regularly.

The Process of a Pedicure

A pedicure begins with the pedicurist soaking the client’s feet in warm water. This softens the skin and makes it easier to work with. Then the pedicurist clips the toenails and uses a nail file to give them a square or rounded shape. Dead skin cells surrounding the nails and on the bottom of the feet are rubbed or cut off revealing smoother skin underneath. The pedicurist will often give a thorough foot massage increasing circulation in the feet. Finally, the toenails are buffed and painted with the client’s polish of choice.

Promoting Healthy Feet

A pedicure promotes foot health in a number of ways. First, the cutting, clipping and cleaning of the nails is extremely important because it prevents nails from growing inward and causing an infection. Second, the sloughing off of dead skin cells from the feet prevents the dead cells from accumulating and causing painful bunions or corns. Removing the dead skin cells also allows newer skin cells to emerge and give the feet a smoother and softer feel. Finally, the foot massage portion of a pedicure is very important in promoting foot health because it increases circulation to the feet. Increased circulation improves agility in the feet and reduces the pain that results from being on one’s feet all day. It also maintains the health and performance of foot muscles.