When I was offered a pr appointment for a Medi-Pedi at the new Margaret Dabbs Clinic at Space NK, Westbourne Grove, I couldn’t say yes quick enough. The Margaret Dabbs clinics have an amazing reputation and I’ve had it in mind to go to one for a long time as my feet were in need of some special attention.
What sets the Medi-Pedi apart from having an average pedicure is that it’s about the improving the health of the feet rather than just making them look pretty. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to look after our feet and address any problems promptly, especially as we become older or/and do a lot of exercise. With feet, as with most things, it’s far more effective to prevent and maintain than cure. Most of us probably know at least one person with chronic foot pain who would love to have pain-free feet again.
The Margaret Dabbs Clinic at Space NK on Westbourne Grove is modern, clean, calm and beautifully designed and lit. There’s a display wall of products, day beds for the normal manicures and pedicures and a reception desk. For the Medi- Pedi you go into a private room which has a comfy, raised throne-like chair and all the serious treatment tools.
The Medi-Pedi is performed by a podiatrist who is a professional qualified to diagnose and treat conditions related to the lower leg and foot. Jake, the podiatrist I saw has been with Margaret Dabbs for over 6 years and was absolutely brilliant in terms of making me feel relaxed, giving my feet a thorough overhaul and fully answering the many questions I had. He even gave me lots of advice about exercises and home care.
I’m reluctant to go into too much detail about my own particular issues because I keenly appreciate people can be a bit squeamish about feet. However, suffice to say, I had very hard, dry and itchy skin mainly but not limited to the heels. I’ve really tried to treat them myself but nothing has made much of a difference. I’ve also got the intermittent pain in my big toe joint i.e a potential bunion problem.
Jake obliterated the hard skin with his various tools. He thought there might might a fungal element to it (nice) hence the reason I couldn’t treat it myself and the itchiness. He also treated the corns on my little toes and the start on an ingrowing toe nail I didn’t know I had (again, nice). After careful assessment he said my joint pain was linked to tightness in my calf muscle and I should regularly stretch it out. He went on to show me the best stretches to do and he also stressed that there’s a large hereditary element when it comes to getting bunions. Therefore, if others in your family have them it’s important that you take preventative measures.
While all this was going on I was also getting a manicure which is a great time saver. The manicurist did a brilliant job of shaping my nails, removing the cuticles in the way only the pros can and applied polish perfectly. I was offered polish on my toe nails too but I didn’t have time to wait for them to dry so they were shaped and shined.
While I loved my manicure, it was the results from the Medi-Pedi that I was really happy about. The soles of my feet weren’t quite as soft as a baby’s bum but they weren’t that far off and, a week later, they’ve stayed that week. The gist of the advice I was given was to use a foot file once a week and use a product with tea tree oil in it.
I thought the Margaret Dabbs Foot File Jake used on me was brilliant so I took one up to the counter to buy after my treatment but it was kindly gifted to me. When I got home I looked up foot products with tea tree and the one that was repeatedly rated the best was, of course, Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene so I ordered it. I’ve now used the Foot File once and I can understand why it’s an award winner and so highly rated – it made short work of re-smoothing the soles of my feet. I like that it comes with replacement pads and that you can also buy them separately. Foot Hygiene is an anti-fungal, anit-bacterial highly moisturising balm that melts into the feet. Again, it’s another award winning and 5 star product.
The aim with the Medi-Pedi is to have an 8-10 week gap between treatments. However, in my case, Jake advised coming back after 4-6 weeks and then, after that, the longer gap should be fine. I will definitely be going back and then keeping up with regular appointments. Next time, I’m also going to take back my six year old daughter for an assessment and I’ve also told my parents and friends to go as well. I now view going for a Medi-Pedi in the same way as going to the dental hygienist i.e it’s about health as much as it is beauty and it’s an investment in your current and future wellbeing.
The Margaret Dabbs Medi-Pedi starts at £80. Here are the list of clinics around the country.
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