*Disclaimer: there are pics of real life feet in this post. Feet phobics should close the browser now*
EEWWWWW feet, right? The suckers can get neglected, shoved inside a pair of trainers half the year then squeezed into statuesque heels on long night out. Occasionally, they get a new lick of polish and a nail trim and moisturised when I can remember (usually once every 3 months) it’s safe to say my feet definitely get looked over in the “grooming dept”.
What is a Medi Pedi
I was invited to try out Margaret Dabbs’ signature Medical Pedicure treatment by a professional podiatrist. A podiatrist is someone who has a degree in feet, yes that is actually a medical degree you can undertake. They pretty much know everything there is to know about what a healthy foot should/should not look like and pinpoint when you need to give them a little more TLC or in some cases medication.
I’m not going to lie I’m super anxious about having a “medi pedi”. I’ve already convinced myself I have the grossest feet in the world and she’s going to send me away with a prescription for ointments and medications as long as the Piccadilly line. I guess I’m foot shy…
Margaret Dabb’s is well known for her line of innovative, results-driven and luxurious foot and hand care treatments and product line. The new clinic is in high end beauty store, Space NK in Westbourne Grove, London. Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure is renowned for creating the perfect sole. Feet will be given a thorough overhaul, addressing all aspects of the foot health.
Unlike a lot of the cheap and (not so cheerful) high street nail shops MD’s treatment rooms are state of the art and private. Stocked with a metal tray of what looks like scary surgical instruments the Podiatrist sits at your feet as I mount what can only be described as a big white leather throne. It’s quite literally raised a metre off the floor.
The staff are very very nice. It may seem strange that I say this but I find that a lot of the cheaper nail shops make me feel like livestock, the level of service is zero and I get yanked and shunted through my appointment. I even gone slapped on the leg once when I reacted to the hot water in the basin!
I’m loaded up with drinks and biscuits, magazines but I know I won’t be reading them I’m far too intrigued by what is about to take place. She peers inquisitively at my naked feet through a magnifying glass turning them this way and that. The verdict? My nail beds are a little dehydrated but other than that I’m okay. She gets to work going through the motions of what a normal “high street” pedi entails; cuticle work, filing, trimming, buffing although there is a lot more treatment with oils and creams that use natural but high effective antibacterial properties like Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Myrtle.
Margaret Dabbs Footcare Line
She also takes out a scalpel and scrapes down a few areas that have hardened skin. Also a medi pedi is performed on dry skin so they can make they sure remove the exact amount of skin. It surprises me how little she takes off! If you have ever has one of the cheap “Asian” pedicures when they use razor blades to remove hard skin from your feet when you look into the towel it always looks like they’ve shaved off half my foot, seriously the amount that they remove…. You can only assume this was all necessary. Unfortunately the majority of these razor wielding pedicurists aren’t medically trained and can often remove too much skin leading the complication and pressure on the feet in areas where the harder skin was needed to protect them.
Worth the cash?
It has now been a month since my Medi Pedi with Margaret Dabbs and I’m pleasantly surprised to say that my feet are still in really good condition. The results of a professional podiatrist working on your feet means that the feet are brought to their optimal health and condition and that results will last. I love the file and oil that they sent me a way with and I have been religiously spritzing it and rubbing it into my feet post shower.
The level of professionalism and hygiene levels throughout the treatment was a reality check that when you pay bargain basement prices for a high street pedi you certainly get the treatment and service you pay for, not to mention the lack of knowledge that comes with studying for a degree in all thing foot health related.
It’s tempting to pay £20 for a high street quick fix pedi but you run the risk of contracting all sort of bacterial infection as they often use the same tools and files and tools on your feet as everyone else meaning chances of contracting an infection are super high. I’m been lucky so far but its made me think twice about using one of these places again. I feel more comfortable, armed with my Margaret Dabbs foot files and Intensive Foot oil spray taking care of my own feet and maybe once in a while having a professional give them a through once over.
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