Our guide to pedicures
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Our guide to pedicures

First published date November 01 2013 Amended date November 01 2013

They carry us around everywhere we go and we spend countless periods of time on them. Our feet are integral parts of our body, holding up our entire weight daily and helping us to keep our balance. Often our feet can carry many health related issues and so it is therefore vital that they are cared for regularly and correctly.

If you wish to specialise in foot treatments or pedicures, or want to expand your current beauty/spa qualifications into the realm of feet, you will need the formal qualifications in order to do so and there are plenty of courses that will equip you with these. Or, if you just fancy learning how to look after your own feet, there are lots of fun short courses that you can take to learn the basics. A pedicure course will be just the start…


Best foot forward

Courses range from being combined as ‘Manicure and Pedicure’ to focusing on the feet through pedicure training alone, and there are no formal entry requirements.

Typical course content will include everything you will need to know in order to safely and efficiently carry out pedicure treatments on people. Key aspects will include health and safety, hygiene, anatomy and physiology related to feet and nails, client consultations, pedicure treatment itself, foot and leg massage and aftercare advice.

There are many courses widely available in this area tailored to fit around your current lifestyle. You can complete a part time course over a longer period, a full time course faster, or even take evening classes to fit around your current weekly schedules of work, or study.


After a pedicure course

Pedicure training could simply be another string added to your beauty knowledge bow or could be something you wish to focus on alone. A pedicure qualification is perfect for any beauty therapists looking for employment at salons or spas at an assistant or even manager level. The qualification is also useful for those wanting to start their own beauty businesses, be it in a salon or working from home.

You may even simply wish to have the skills and knowledge in order to treat your friends and family (or even yourself!) to thorough and professional foot care, as well as being more thoroughly aware of the theory surrounding the importance of caring for your feet adequately.


Fun feet facts

A quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet (there are 52 bones in a pair of feet).

When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.

It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.

In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands – sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day.

Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.

Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.

Butterflies taste with their feet, and elephants use their feet to hear – they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles.

The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a life time, that's more than four times around the earth!

Women have about four times as many foot problems as men - high heels are partly to blame.

9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for them. 

The ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot.


By Telsha Arora


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