Medi Pedi Sanitary, But Pricey, Alternative To Regular Pedicure
10/17/2006 02:45 PM
It is not every time you head to the nail salon that you wind up with a doctor or physician’s assistant polishing your toenails. But that's exactly what you'll get when heading to places like the TriBeCa MedSpa.NY1’s Health and Fitness Reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
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The medical pedicure or so-called "Medi Pedi" is fast-becoming the new catch-phrase for clients heading to medical spas with severe foot problems who may be looking for extra TLC, or who may simply be looking for more sanitary conditions at the nail salon.
“Due to the high rate of infections, usually fungal and bacterial infections, with traditional pedicures, there seems to be a need for very sterile, new innovative way of having men and women, evidently, have medical pedicures done,” said Dr. Joseph Fox, the Podiatry Director at TriBeca MedSpa.
The “Medi Pedi” uses doctor prescribed products from anti-bacterial sprays to anti-fungal nail polishes. Nail tools come in disposable bags and get sterilized using an autoclaving process after use. And the nail polish and some other products are never used on more than one person.
Doctors say the “Medi Pedi” could be a key way for clients with underlying foot problems to avoid infections from a regular pedicure. But while the “Medi Pedi” may have its benefits, some doctors say it may not be for everyone.
“For the average person who doesn't have calluses, corns or ingrown toenails, the more expensive 'Medi Pedi' may not really be necessary,” said an Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dr. Christina Kabbash. “However for the patient who has diabetes, vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or perhaps an underlying foot deformity that causes them to form these calluses over and over and over again, this may be a very good way of maintaining their feet in a safe and healthy way.”
Because of the use and the maintenance of the special sanitary equipment and devices, and also the special products, the “Medi-Pedi” is probably something that is going to cost you more than your average trip to the nail salon around the corner. The owner of TriBeCa MedSpa says it could be anywhere from $150-$200. But clients here say that is an expense they are willing to pay.
“I definitely think it's worth it,” said a pedicure client, Emily Leidner. “Maybe I can't get it as often as I used to get pedicures, you know once weekly. But I definitely feel safer and my feet actually last longer when I get a medical pedicure.”
A couple things to keep in mind, people with severe foot problems should always consult a doctor first before having pedicures of any type. And while TriBeCa MedSpa uses certified medical professionals for pedicures, not all medical spas do. So you should always be sure to ask first.