Medical Pedicure | Cosmetic Podiatry | Remuera Podiatrists | Auckland (2022)

There’s nothing like treating yourself to some well-deserved pampering.

What’s even better is knowing that it’s done safely, under strict hygiene and sterilization practices, and by a board-registered foot health professional. Here at Perform Podiatry, we give you the best of both worlds.

When your feet look great, you feel great. Over time, getting your ‘nails done’ has become just as much a tool for the good of one’s mental health as it has for their physical health and appearance. Unfortunately, many of these relaxing experiences are tainted by nail salons that don’t prioritise health, safety or sterility. Painful breaks in the skin occur during the treatment, no attempt at antiseptic care is made, and both fungal and skin infections develop. And it’s simplynot right.

This is why we began offering and placing great importance on cosmetic podiatry – because you need to be able to trust that you are in good, qualified hands and that your health and well-being are the number one priority while receiving fantastic and genuine foot care.

We’ve got all the specialised Podiatric equipment to have your feet glowing after your medical pedicure, as well as managing any cosmetic problems you may have when it comes to hard or thick nails, dry or peeling skin, broken or damaged nails, overgrown cuticles, curved or ingrown nails, and more. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace of mind in knowing you’re in great hands.

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Our medical pedicures involve:

  • Trimming your toenails using our German-made and individually steam-sterilised nail clippers
  • Removing any callous (hard areas of skin), corns, cracks in skin and other abnormalities using a surgical-grade scalpel
  • Remove any skin, dirt and anything else trapped beneath and down the sides of the nail with a sterilised files. When present, this can cause much discomfort and make the toes more vulnerable to infection when damaged.
  • Use a burr (drill) to thin any thickened nails, smooth the ridges of the nails, remove overgrown cuticles, and smooth the nail ends. All our burrs are steam-sterilised and we have a large variety of different sizes, shapes and materials for each purpose – whether it be reducing a very thick, crumbly nail or polishing a delicate, thin nail.
  • Next, we remove dry, flaky skin and smooth any uneven skin using a disposable (one time use) sanding disk. This means the skin around your toes, heels and forefoot look and feel great. Warning: some find this step to be a little ticklish and there is absolutely no pain involved
  • We then use a disposable nail file to smooth out any final edges that may catch on your socks or stockings
  • We then wipe down the nails with a clear antiseptic spray, followed by tea tree oil – a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
  • Lastly, we apply the appropriate moisturiser to your feet to have you feeling great on your feet!

From here, you’re welcome to head over to your local nail salon if you wish to have them painted or keep them in their radiant, natural state. The best part is knowing that everything has been performed following high sterilisation and sanitisation protocols and that you’ve had the care of a foot expert to checkthat there isn’t anything unusual or concerning happening with your feet that you may not have picked up on yourself.

Thickened Toenails

Medical Pedicure | Cosmetic Podiatry | Remuera Podiatrists | Auckland (10)If you’ve had enough with thickened or crumbly nails sticking out of your sandals or shoes that you regularly try to hide or paint over, we’ve got the perfect solution. Using specialised podiatric equipment, we’re actually able to reduce the nail thickness across the entire nail and leave a smooth and clean surface.

This not only improves the look of your nails, but the reduction in thickness also reduces any painful pressure from the nail rubbing against the top of the toe box of the shoe.

There are multiple causes that can lead to thickened toenails such as poor circulation, nail fungus, trauma/injury and some skin conditions that affect the toenails. We’ll chat about your cause and how to control this problem in the future.

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Broken Nails

Medical Pedicure | Cosmetic Podiatry | Remuera Podiatrists | Auckland (11)Broken toenails may be frustrating and not look great, but they can also be very painful and carry the risk of an edge catching on a sock and pulling on the nail or breaking it further. Ouch!

This is why we cut and file any breaks or cracks you have during your appointment to give it a smooth finish.

Cuticle Care

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Medical Pedicure | Cosmetic Podiatry | Remuera Podiatrists | Auckland (12)If you’ve got thick, overgrown cuticles – or are just unhappy with their appearance, we’ll safely and effectively remove themwithoutpushing them back and damaging the healthy, surrounding skin.

We use a thin burr to precisely remove and smooth the nail base and have you looking great and ready to get your polish on!

Hard or Dry Skin

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Do you have hard patches of skin around your nails, toes and feet?

Does your skin feel rough, dry or have that white, blistery appearance?

Don’t worry, we can take care of all of that during your appointment. We start by using a surgical scalpel to remove any excess hard skin (callus) and any corn on your feet or down the sides of the nails. This is very safe and completely painless as we are simply removing hard, dead skin, and not touching the healthy skin.

We then use a fast-rotating sanding disk to remove the areas of rough or dry skin, and smooth the areas where your callus used to be. Again, this is completely painless – though some find it a bit ticklish!

Because hard or dry skin doesn’t develop for no reason, we also chat about the causes and how to prevent them so you don’t have to repeatedly suffer from this problem!

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Cracked Heels

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Don’t worry, there’ll be no scrubber brush here that will irritate your skin and has likely been used on hundreds of other patients this week like they have in the salons!

We manage heel cracks by removing the hard, overgrown skin around the cracks with a scalpel and sanding the rest down with a medical sanding disc to produce a clean and smooth appearance – and an incredible feeling when you put your feet down.

We’re often shocked at salons that try to ‘scrub’ these cracks away as when you have a heel crack, there is a significant chance of cracking the healthy, viable skin in the fissures and causing them to bleed – not to mention a significant risk of infection.

Once the cracks are reduced, they are much easier to maintain with regular moisturising – plus we’ll fill you in on other tips and tricks to stop them from coming back.

You can learn more about cracked heelshere.

Fungal Nail Infection

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Having a fungal nail infection is one thing, but having it significantly affect the appearance of your nail, causing white/yellow discolouration, brittleness and/or thickness is another ball game.

We not only offer treatments for fungal nail infections and educate you on how to get rid of them and keep them gone (and from spreading to your family), but reduce any thickness and work to optimise the appearance of your nails right there in the appointment.

We often have patients remarking about the significantly improved appearance – and feeling much more confident about their feet and wearing those sandals!

If you’re unsure if you have a fungal nail infection – don’t worry! We’re able to test and confirm the presence of fungus in just 5 minutes and with 99% accuracy.

You can learn more about fungal nail infectionshere.

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Do I need a podiatrist or a pedicure? ›

A podiatrist treats various foot and toe complaints and can help to keep your feet healthy. In addition to treatments, a podiatrist can also give advice or refer you to a physician. A pedicure can help with the following foot and toe complaints: Taking care of the nails and nail surrounding.

What is the difference between a pedicure and a medical pedicure? ›

A medical pedicure or a “Medi Pedi” is a luxurious foot treatment performed by a Podiatrist in a safe and sterile environment. Unlike traditional salon pedicures which focus on making the feet look good, they often neglect the real foot problems and can sometimes make them worse!

Do podiatrists clean toenails? ›

But one question we often get is whether podiatrists also help patients cut their toenails. So can a podiatrist also help patients with their toenails? In most cases, yes; they regularly assist patients with toenail care.

Do podiatrists do manicures? ›

A podiatrist makes sure nails and calluses are cut down to a safe length. The purpose, however, is not cosmetic and podiatrists do not offer ancillary services such as painting the nails, foot massage or any of the services normally associated with a pedicure or foot spa service.

Why do podiatrists not recommend pedicures? ›

As the nail grows, it can dig into the nearby skin. This spicula of nail irritates the skin leading to pain and infection. Additionally, in attempts to trim the nail out, you might get a small cut which in turn could also lead to an infection.

Are medical pedicures worth it? ›

If you are looking to address any nail or skin abnormalities and/or other foot concerns, no matter how mild or severe, a medical pedicure is the right choice for you. If you have health conditions that put you at risk such as diabetes, it is highly recommended to seek nail care from a medical health professional.

What do they do during a medical pedicure? ›

Starting with a brief description, a medical pedicure is a pedicure performed by qualified foot specialist. It involves shaping of the nails, cleaning of the nail beds, smoothing of any calluses, and a thorough moisturizing session.

What does a Medi Pedi include? ›

There are no incisions, no cuts, no surgery. Medicated pedicure involves taking out the unspeakable dirt stuck in your toenails as well as treat your feet, removing corns, calluses, and dead skin cells. As such, only highly skilled foot care specialists can perform this dry procedure. So it's safe and hygienic.

Are pedicures good for foot health? ›

During a pedicure, you receive a massage of your feet and lower legs. The massaging helps promote the circulation of your blood. Increased blood circulation can prevent things like pain, arthritis, and varicose veins. Healthy blood flow also helps evenly distribute heat throughout your body.

What do podiatrists use to cut thick toenails? ›

Heavy duty podiatry-grade toenail clippers: We recommend ClipPro nail clippers for our patients. The ClipPro Toenail Clipper is the best consumer nail clipper we have found for extra thick and irregular nails. Its jaw opens up to over 1″ wide and the top of blades is slightly curved to contour around your nails.

How does a podiatrist treat thick toenails? ›

Podiatry treatment for thickened toenails

Our podiatrists regularly reduce thickened toenails as part of a general foot care treatment (medical pedicure). This involves nail cutting, removal of corns and callus, followed by application of a heel balm, making your feet feel great again.

How often should a podiatrist cut your toenails? ›

How often should you ask for the help of a specialist? Toenails grow about two millimeters per month, so your loved one may need a trim every six to eight weeks.

Do podiatrists cut ingrown toenails? ›

Diagnosis and Treatment

A podiatrist will remove the ingrown portion of the nail and may prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat the infection. If ingrown nails are a chronic problem, your podiatrist can perform a procedure to permanently prevent ingrown nails.

Does Medicare pay for podiatrist to cut toenails? ›

NonCovered Foot Care

The cutting of toenails in a healthy person or when they are not painful is not a payable service by Medicare. The cutting of corns and calluses in a healthy person is not a payable service by Medicare. Legally, your podiatrist cannot try to obtain Medicare payment for noncovered foot care.

Do you tip a podiatrist? ›

But luckily, there seems to be a hard and fast rule that will leave you in the good graces of your pedicurist — and all the other service professionals who expect a little sumthin-sumthin for their efforts: For all beauty services — including pedicures, manicures, haircuts, massages, etc. — tip 20% of the total cost.

When should you not get a pedicure? ›

Pay attention to any splinters or small cuts on your foot. Ingrown toenails don't pair well with a pedicure either. The color of your nails may also be an issue. If you have yellow toenails, it could be a fungal infection, and you should consider checking with a doctor.

Do podiatrist Clean feet? ›

Thankfully, dead skin is a common issue that podiatrists deal with. No matter how bad your issue might be, podiatrists can remove the dry skin with specialized tools and treat you with the necessary lotions and advice to allow your feet to heal back to normal.

Who cuts old toenails? ›

Visiting a podiatrist regularly allows them to assess your overall foot health and share proper toenail trimming techniques. If you can't trim your own toenails, a podiatrist can do that during your visit.

Can I get a pedicure with fungus? ›

If you get a nail fungal infection, you may still be able to wear nail polish, but you should not wear artificial nails because it will be hard for your doctor to monitor your improvement.

What do podiatrists do for calluses? ›

If you have mild corns or calluses, your podiatrist may suggest changing your shoes and/or adding padding to your shoes. Larger corns and calluses are most effectively reduced (made smaller) with a surgical blade. A podiatrist can use the blade to carefully shave away the thickened, dead skin—right in the office.

How often should you get a pedicure? ›

To keep your feet happy and healthy, a professional pedicure should be scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks. For those with healthy, happy feet, a schedule of between 4 and 6 weeks usually works well. This schedule assumes that you are not trying to make substantial improvements, but rather maintain your healthy feet.

Should a diabetic get a pedicure? ›

Diabetes can make pedicures dangerous: Reduced circulation can make injuries and infections more likely, and take longer to heal. Peripheral neuropathy can reduce feeling in your feet, making you unable to tell if the technician is hurting you, or if a hot footbath is scalding you.

How do you do a pedicure with an ingrown toenail? ›

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How much is a pedicure? ›

Since every pedicure is different, prices tend to vary. But, generally, you can expect to pay between $35–$60 for a pedicure.

What is difference between podiatrist and chiropodist? ›

There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. The term chiropody has been traditionally used in the UK, but the term podiatry is recognised and used more internationally.

Is Margaret Dabbs a podiatrist? ›

It is only ever performed at a Margaret Dabbs London Clinic, by a fully qualified Podiatrist trained in our exact technique.

What is a callus peel? ›

A callus peel is a revitalising foot treatment for people whose feet need that little bit of extra TLC. It removes hard, callused skin and adds moisture, so your feet will be ready to hit the town, or just be barefoot round the house.

Why you should not get pedicures? ›

While a professional pedicure can help you feel pampered and confident in summer sandals, there are health risks associated with nail trimming, cuticle clipping, and foot soaking. Salon pedicures can put you at risk for developing foot fungus, ingrown toenails and/or dangerous infections.

Do pedicures make your feet worse? ›

Many of us have standing pedicure appointments every two weeks, but the experts say that may be more than our feet can handle. “Too much exfoliation can remove the protective barriers on your skin and actually cause more callous buildup,” says Miami dermatologist Dr. Deborah Longwill.

How long should a pedicure last? ›

Most pedicures last 2 to 4 weeks.

However, even if you spend the extra cost for a pedicure beyond the typical “good pedicure,” it still won't last much longer, especially if you're applying polish to your toenails.

Why do elderly get thick toenails? ›

Both fingernails and toenails thicken as we get older. We only notice it with toenails because they're usually not filed and buffed as often as fingernails. The growth rate of nails decreases when people get older. This results in thickening because nail cells pile up.

How do you cut old people's toenails thick? ›

Tackling thick toenails

Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften your nails. Make small cuts with the clipper to avoid splintering the nail. Then cut straight across. If thickened toenails are too painful or difficult to cut yourself, call us for advice or an appointment.

Can thickened toenails be reversed? ›

Thick toenails can be reversed if the underlying cause is addressed or proper preventative measures are taken. Polishing rough surfaces to make them smoother is a great way to treat thick toenails. Avoid pedicures because they may cause fungal infection to flare up when cuticles are removed.

What does Vicks VapoRub do for toenails? ›

Vicks VapoRub

Although designed for cough suppression, its active ingredients (camphor and eucalyptus oil) may help treat toenail fungus. A 2011 study found that Vicks VapoRub had a “positive clinical effect” in the treatment of toenail fungus.

What is the white hard stuff under my toenails? ›

Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail. When this occurs in the toenails, the pressure of shoes pushing down on the nails might cause pain.

Is Vicks good for thick toenails? ›

Vicks VapoRub (The Proctor & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH) has been advocated in the lay literature as an effective treatment for onychomycosis. This pilot study tested Vicks VapoRub as a safe, cost-effective alternative for treating toenail onychomycosis.

Why can't diabetics cut toenails? ›

Myth: People with diabetes can't cut their own toenails

Don't cut them straight across, curved down the sides, or too short. Remember, your nails are there to protect your toes.

Can you scrape out toenail fungus? ›

Prescription Medicines

If your fungus doesn't clear up at home, you should check in with a dermatologist (a skin, hair, and nail specialist) or podiatrist (a foot doctor.) They may gently scrape under your nail to get rid of some of the fungus or send it to the lab for diagnosis.

Why is my big toenail so thick? ›

Toenails that grow thicker over time likely indicate a fungal infection, also known as onychomycosis. Left untreated, thick toenails can become painful. Prompt treatment can be key to curing the nail fungus. Fungal infections might be difficult to cure and may require months of treatment.

Will podiatrist remove ingrown toenail on first visit? ›

At Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, our board-certified podiatrist and surgeon David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, can help. While at first it can present as a minor problem, an ingrown toenail, if not taken care of properly, can lead to surgery in which part or all of the toenail is removed.

How do podiatrists remove toenails? ›

What Happens During a Toenail Removal Procedure?
  1. Your foot care doctor injects an anesthetic into the skin around your toe.
  2. The doctor then uses a special tool to remove the toenail.
  3. Your doctor applies a bandage to the surgical wound.

How much does it cost to remove an ingrown toenail? ›

For patients without health insurance, ingrown toenail treatment typically costs less than $50 for at-home treatment, but can reach $200-$1,000 or more if a doctor visit and a procedure to remove all or part of the toenail is required.

How much does it cost to remove a toenail? ›

The base price for a partial nail avulsion is $420. This implies removal of one problematic side on a single toe. When necessary, for an additional $70, both sides of the same toenail can be removed. If a second toe is being treated at the same time, this will cost an additional $170 for a single side of the 2nd toe.

Is toenail fungus covered by Medicare? ›

Medicare will cover treatment for fungus within your toenail. Another term for this treatment is nail debridement. To be eligible, you must have severe, debilitating pain. Evidence of several infections caused by the fungus may also qualify you.

Can podiatry be claimed on Medicare? ›

Yes, you can get a Medicare rebate for podiatry, using the EPC Program. You need a specific doctor's referral, and the right type of physical condition. You can get $53.80 rebate for up to 5 visits per year. There will always be a small gap payment.

Are pedicures good for your feet? ›

During a pedicure, you receive a massage of your feet and lower legs. The massaging helps promote the circulation of your blood. Increased blood circulation can prevent things like pain, arthritis, and varicose veins. Healthy blood flow also helps evenly distribute heat throughout your body.

Do podiatrist Clean feet? ›

Thankfully, dead skin is a common issue that podiatrists deal with. No matter how bad your issue might be, podiatrists can remove the dry skin with specialized tools and treat you with the necessary lotions and advice to allow your feet to heal back to normal.

Can a pedicure help with foot pain? ›

Regular Pedicures Can Increase Blood Circulation

The increased blood circulation experienced during a pedicure has the potential to ease and prevent pain due to poor circulation, such as joint pain or arthritis.

Should everyone see a podiatrist? ›

It can help to prevent conditions from developing or worsening and keep feet healthy. To ensure your feet stay in shape and without issues, visit a podiatrist at least once a year. Additionally, anytime you have unusual symptoms or injuries to the foot or ankle, it's worth a visit to a podiatrist.


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