Brilliant Pedicure Tips from A Top Foot Doctor

Brilliant Pedicure Tips from A Top Foot Doctor

A London-based podiatrist Dina Gohil has earned the somewhat uncomfortable title of The Foot-Scraper However. Her credentials go far beyond removing calluses. The hundreds of clients she has are from worldwide with one aim in their minds: to transform their tired feet.

A visit to a doctor can cover all sorts of things, from nail repair to stopping the spread of infections (more frequent than you believe, actually) to determine the suitability of your shoes. The spring season is one of the busiest seasons for Dina, and everyone is cramming their appointments in advance of the sandal season.

The soles of my feet were wedged with heavy biker boots for the entirety of winter, and it's safe to say that they're damaged negatively. I'm talking about broken feet, rough skin, and possibly damaged nail polish (thanks to my polish addiction that hasn't been seen in daylight for many years). With summer right close at hand, I was forced to visit Dina for an appointment, and the information I got regarding the best ways to care for my feet is worth sharing. This is how to enjoy a podiatrist-like manicure at home no matter what your budget.


Give your nails a break from nail polish (and how to determine when you've caused damage to them)


Nail polish for fingernails appears to last for a total of 5 minutes. On toenails? The stuff can withstand anything. But just because it can stay around for a long time doesn't mean that it doesn't require removal once in a while. According to Dina, It's crucial to give your nail polishes some time, or they'll look damaged and stained (like the ones I have).

"If you're a frequent nail painter, you should take some time between sessions," said Dina. "Even just a few hours is enough to allow them time to replenish their supplies. However, if you can complete one week, then that's great." After you've removed the polish (Dina isn't too concerned about going with something that is acetone-free if it's not your preference), She suggests soaking your feet in salted water that is warm for a couple of minutes. After that, it's time to apply polish with a new layer of nail polish. "I'd renew the polish at least every two weeks."


Do not miss this base coat.


It's tempting to apply polish and move on, especially when the warm weather creeps into your life. However, Dina emphasizes the importance of beginning with the use of a foundation coat. "You should apply the same base coat every time, but many people do not do this. There are numerous chemicals used in polish, and they can alter the bed of nails." Dina started using polish for untreated nails could cause a colored nail bed, and the nail can turn chalky and white or even yellow. "If you're not someone who's noticed any change, it's a good thing as polish can cause nail damage and expose you to dryness, fungal infections flaking, and brittleness -- all things you'd like to stay clear of."


Oil can change the look of your nails.


Manicurists often extol the benefits of a bit of cuticle oil. However, dedicated toenail oil can also be a thing, and it's a great way to breathe new life into feet that are more worn out. It doesn't need to cost a fortune. "After you've soaked your feet, apply oil to replenish your nails. My personal favorite is vegetable oil, which does amazing for your nails. It prevents splits, improves the hydration and overall texture of the toenails, and improves growth speed." Many of Dina's clients are convinced. She suggests applying little oil to your dry nails and massaging it into your fingertips. Sometimes Dina blends this vegetable oil and a few drops of tea tree oil with natural antibacterial properties. In the clinic, she recommends Gehwol's Protective Nail and skin oil.


It is the only foot file that you must be using.


People often ask Dina whether they should use metal foot files -- devices that resemble cheese grated (ouch), But she'll always suggest against these devices. "You're not sure the amount of skin you'll have to remove and can do many injuries. It's simply not worth it, so do not make use of the." They've even been removed from several nail salons and podiatry clinics.

However, Dina loves flat-foot files that look similar to larger nail files. "I'm in love with these," said Dina, "but make sure to file your feet dry. I'm not fond of applying this tool to wet skin because you're able to take off too much, and the area can be excruciating." She uses a trick: "Do three long strokes after which you can touch your feet to feel what they're feeling like. If they're still rough, repeat the three strokes for another before stopping." Dina recommends using a device that can be used several times throughout the week instead of seeking to eliminate everything in one go. "Many people abandon it to clean, and wash; It's not something you want to do!"

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