If you enjoy a monthly pedicure, you’ll know what a major difference it makes to the condition of your feet. But have you ever considered a medicure? Loved by beauty fanatics across the world, medicures are becoming increasingly popular in SA.
Essentially, the difference between a pedicure and a medicure is as follows: A pedicure is a treatment that makes your feet and toes look prettier, whereas a medicure is a treatment that improves the health of your toes and feet. But how do you know which of the two you need? Here are some of the major differences:
1. When you have a pedicure done, your feet will be scrubbed, buffed, moisturised and massaged. Toenails and cuticles are shaped, and your nails are painted with a colour of your choice. During a medicure, the condition of your feet will be analysed, and you will be treated for ingrown toenails, calluses, fungal infections, signs of skin cancer, and any damaged or infected tissue will be removed. Your nails and cuticles will be treated and shaped, but there will be no sign of nail polish.
2. The tools used during a medicure are more advanced than those used during a pedicure, for example, an electric buffer is used, rather than a foot file. All tools are also completely sterile, just like a doctor’s.
3. Pedicures are performed by trained beauty therapists, while medicures are performed by therapists who have undergone advanced training in this field. If you’re uncertain, ask if your therapist is licensed to offer a medical pedicure. Medicures are also offered by medical professionals who specialise in feet, such as podiatrists. Medicures are also more expensive, due to the nature of the treatment.
4. During your pedicure, you will most likely be offered a drink of your choice, and you’ll be submitted to pretty décor and soothing music. Nine times out of ten, your medicure will be performed in an area that looks like a doctor’s room (it might even be a doctor’s room), and it will feel like a medical visit, rather than a pamper session.
5. If you have a medical problem like a nail infection, a pedicure could make it worse, or even spread the infection to other areas (germs travel in water, so if your feet are soaked in a tub, the bacteria could spread). Some therapists will also avoid performing a pedicure in this case. A medicure will help with the treatment of your condition, and will be done in such a way that infection is not spread.
The bottom line: Both pedicures and medicures have their place. You don’t always need your feet to be treated medically, nor do you want to ignore their health. We reckon a monthly pedicure and one or two annual medicures will ensure your feet are in a great condition.