The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.
Pedicures are generally defined as basic foot care or as cosmetic treatments for feet. But in actual fact they do not only have a cosmetic function, and are not modern treatments, as one might suppose. They date back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who practiced this procedure to pamper feet and toenails (“pamper” being the operative word, since they used solid gold tools!)
The word pedicure comes from the Latin, a combination of the words pes (foot), and cura (care). Far back in history, these treatments were given to prevent disorders and diseases of the nails. Since these ancient times, pedicures have traditionally been used to clip the toenails, prevent infection, and soften the feet by removing dead skin.
These procedures also help the posture, since they smooth and relax the feet, and prevent problems with toenails, e.g. ingrown ones, which can cause pain and limping.
Today, pedicures are a way of life for both men and women. Some doctors recommend their patients have these treatments for their health. However, they can have health risks as well as benefits, which means that it is important to seek the advice of a podiatrist before considering having the procedure.
The American Podiatric Medical Association website gives a helpful and comprehensive list of Dos and Don’ts for your feet before you consider getting a pedicure, whether doing it yourself or visiting a salon.