‘Medical pedicures’ and foot spas are on the rise

Ah, the glorious pedicure. A welcome oasis for any woman after a long day of being on your feet.

For many years, foot spas have been not only a haven to dish the latest gossip or relax with a glass of wine, they are usually one of the few places women feel comfortable discussing various foot issues like bunions. Well ladies, the times they are a'changing, and it seems more men are giving their toes some TLC these days, but on their own unique terms.

A pedicure from a podiatrist

According to The Telegraph, foot doctors in Britain are offering what they are calling "medical pedicures," and for one podiatrist, 35 percent of her clientele are men. The procedure is not unlike what we ladies experience at a run-of-the-mill salon. Clipping, filing, buffing, removing calluses, etc. – they are all done here, except a scalpel is used instead of a razor (yikes!).

"A lot of guys like the privacy of their own treatment room," explained Angela Tsoumanis, a principal podiatrist at the Margaret Dobbs Mayfair Clinic.

Perhaps men are more shy about their feet? Maybe a nail salon teeming with talkative women might be a bit intimidating? Or perhaps, men regard their foot pain to be a private matter.

​For ladies, foot care is a social matter 

For many women, however, a trip to a traditional foot spa is killing two birds with one stone. Where else can you tackle those foot problems and dish about your bad date with your best friend? Perhaps for women, it seems that this trend is here to stay, too, and not just for cosmetic reasons.

According to MSNBC, the rise of the modern spa has become intertwined with the medical field in recent years. Many consumers are seeking out holistic treatments at foot spas because of chronic joint pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis, and pain in the feet. I mean, come on, there really is nothing better than a foot massage from a professional, am I right?

Although these new medical procedures are already established in Great Britain, medical spas are relatively new to the United States. However, trends show that the number of these spas have doubled in recent years. The United States now has 471, and that number is expected to grow.

President of Spa Finder Inc., Susie Ellis told MSNBC, "consumers want the expertise of the medical community, but they love the spa environment."

It seems the modern foot spa is here to stay, so order that glass of red wine don't forget to moisturize.