A pedicure or, in other words, professional treatment of the feet by a medical expert or beautician, is sometimes described as a cosmetic procedure. There is no doubt that soft, well-groomed feet, with short, shaped and polished toenails are appealing aesthetically, but a regular foot treatment also offers health benefits that go far beyond the purely superficial.
Professional treatment removes dead skin, softens hard skin and moisturises the feet. In so doing, a pedicure prevents the formation of cracks and calluses, which are caused by repeated friction, and subsequent infection.
Massaging the feet and lower legs with therapeutic oils and lotions helps to relieve tension and can, directly or indirectly, stimulate blood circulation. Applying gentle pressure to the large surface areas of the foot, and small, more specific points may, in itself, encourage blood flow. In any case, by making the recipient feel better about themselves, a pedicure may motivate them to exercise and hence improve their circulation indirectly.
Trimming the toenails can help to prevent abnormal growth – that is, ingrown toenails – and infection, while buffing them can also encourage blood, which carries nutrients, to flow to the area.
Regular treatment can also improve the posture of the recipient, by allowing them to work naturally and comfortably. Indeed, anyone who suffers from foot disorders may find that regular treatment compliments, or even replaces, any podiatry care that they may be receiving.
Of course, buffed, polished toenails are usually the preserve of the female of the species, but the simple aesthetic and health benefits of regular foot treatment are equally applicable to men. In fact, men who believe that treatment of this type is only for women are depriving themselves of both care and pleasure.
Of course, not all treatments involve painted toenails and many beauty salons offer basic treatments, which include cuticle tidying, nail filing and rough skin removal, specifically for men.
In summary, looking after your feet should not be considered an indulgence – enjoyable though it may be – but rather a routine, preventative maintenance that keeps your feet in full working order and allows them to carry you, comfortably, over whatever distances you cover in your daily life.