Looking for a pedicure in Melbourne? Our podiatrists can’t wait to treat your feet! We don’t judge, we’re here to help you and your feet feel better.
- Page Updated July 2022
If you have long toe nails that are difficult to trim, or hard skin on your feet known as callus, you’ve probably been tempted to get a pedicure.
Oh, let’s say once, twice or maybe one hundred times in your life!
A pedicure is a great procedure where you can have the skin and nails attended to on your feet.
But, there are a few traps.
Not all pedicures are equal.
As podiatrists we hear some absolute horror stories every week. From people getting fungal nail or skin lesions. Or receiving painful cuts to their skin. And sometimes bacterial infections, the kind that can put you in hospital.
Well, a little known service that podiatrists provide is an alternative to a salon pedicure.
Called a MediPedi, or a nail and skin treatment, podiatrists are able to use our skills with sterile, surgical instruments to obtain that healthy, fresh feet feeling.
There are some clear differences between salon pedicures and a podiatrist pedicure in Melbourne.
What To Expect
At your podiatrist you will be welcomed to an inviting clinical space. Comfortable treatment chairs and medical grade equipment await your feet.
Podiatrists are experts in all things feet so you can expect an assessment of your foot structure, joints, shape, shoes and more.
A group of comfortable circulation tests will be undertaken to ensure your blood flow to your feet is optimal for a pedicure.
But the pedicure, that’s what you’re here for.
Your podiatrist will expertly identify any nail or skin lesions which can be managed with the ultimate precision.
- Cutting toenails, trimming back unwanted callus and management of your cuticles.
- Shaving or debridement of hard skin, enucleating (this means getting rid of) corns.
- Buffing and burring of nails and skin to have them smooth, shiny, comfortable and looking their best
- Application of appropriate moisturisers and emollients with gentle massage for your dry feet
A podiatrist pedicure in Melbourne is a dry procedure so there is no soaking and transmission of fungal pathogens (tinea pedis or onychomycosis).
Podiatrists are experts in surgical techniques so the equipment used will be either single use or sterilise. Our instruments are sterilised to the same standards as our fellow surgical professions.
What You Won’t Get
During a podiatry pedicure in Melbourne you definitely will not get these two things.
- A fungal infection from cross contamination of equipment
- Your nails painted
Us podiatrists sure love to put to practice our fine skills with instruments however handling the responsibility of colour palette decisions and applications is outside our comfort zone.
If getting a colour, shellac or varnish treatment on your toenails is part of your plan then many of our clients will book a session with their nail spa just after their podiatry pedicure.
The Cost of Your Pedicure in Melbourne
A podiatry pedicure in Melbourne is incredible value as a 30 minute session is the same as a podiatry consultation fee. The range for a podiatry consultation is between $90 and $120. The variance relates to the location where you see your podiatrist.
As your pedicure procedure is completed by a podiatrist there are rebates available. If you have private health insurance with extras cover for podiatry you will be eligible for a rebate.
All our clinics have on the spot claiming. When you attend for your pedicure procedure you’ll only have to pay the gap fee. That is, the difference between what your private health insurer charges and the total fee
Also, if you have a referral for podiatry from your GP relating to a chronic disease you could be eligible to claim a medicare rebate. This lowers your out of pocket cost by around $55.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pedicures in Melbourne
These are the most common questions us podiatrist get when we are in the clinic or when we’re asked about medical pedicures from our mates at the pub.
What is included in a full medical pedicure?
A full medical pedicure includes everything your feet needs to feel great again.
- Nail care: Clipping, burring (an electric drill like file), cuticle management and nail shaping.
- Skin care: removal of callus, corns, dead skin cells and dry skin.
- Massage: donation of moisture via massage and podiatrist approved skin moisturisers
Nail polish is not included as a medical pedicure is a safe, hygienic procedure. While nail polish is something we’re very supportive of our dear clients wearing, it’s not something we can apply. Regular use of nail polish can damage the nails and increase the likelihood of fungus growing.
We’ll help your feet and nails feel fantastic but we are not able to increase the chances of you having problems with fungal nails in the future.
We do have clients who still like to attend a nail bar or their nail salons for nail art after their medical pedicure. That way they get the best results from expert podiatrists using sterile instruments for a safe and comfortable result AND an actual artist performing the colour work in their nail salons.
How long does a medical pedicure take?
A medical pedicure in Melbourne takes around 30 minutes from start to finish. In this time your podiatrist will have your feet looking and feeling their best. We’ll ensure you have optimal nail health, skin health and know exactly how to look after your feet in between sessions.
How much does it cost to remove nails?
To remove a toenail your podiatrist will need to complete a minor surgical procedure. This is not part of a medical pedicure nail service and requires a longer appointment time.
Depending on your level of cover with your insurer you may be out of pocket between $150 and $400 for a complete toenail removal.
Is it okay for a guy to get a pedicure at a salon?
OK, guy, bloke, lad – one of the boys here. Fella’s, there is absolutely no shame in getting a medical pedicure in Melbourne. The toxic masculinity that leads so many of us blokes to avoid doing things that feel great and are good for us has to stop.
I’ve had dozens of mates ask me at the footy or when we’re shooting the breeze over a pint if it’s OK for them to come in for a pedicure. Every time they do, they love it.
One mate, let’s just call him Travis (yeah Trav dobbed in mate) described his first MediPedi with us as like an “orgasm for my feet”.
While we’re not going to say that you’ll feel the same as Trav after your pedicure in Melbourne, your feet will look and feel the best they have in years.
Oh, and if you want role models to follow? Your favourite sports star, from LeBron to plenty of the AFL boys all see podiatrists and get pedicures to keep their feet at their best.
How often should you have a professional pedicure?
You should get a professional pedicure as often as you need. For some, that’s monthly. Their nails might grow a little thick or crooked and need regular nail shaping. Or maybe it’s painful corns or callus that causes them trouble.
Others might wait 3 months between a medical pedicure as their healthy nails grow straight and don’t need quite as much trimming.
On average, most of our regular clients attend around every 6 weeks for the MediPedi in Melbourne.
Are my feet too gross to get a pedicure in Melbourne?
No. Your feet are not too gross to come and see your podiatrists for your pedicure. In fact, we’re here to help.
If you (or your partner) finds your feet gross there’s likely something we can do about it.
Thick, curly nails? We can trim and shape them back to looking their best.
Smelly feet or weird flaky rough skin? We’ll fix what we can in clinic and provide you with evidence based advice about what medicines or natural products you need.
And if you have warts or papilloma’s on your feet we’ll help you treat those too. All safely, with no judgement. We are podiatrists and we’ve seen a heap of feet. Our clinical pedicures will give you the confidence to rock your sandals or thongs again in public.
What are you waiting for?
Treat your feet to a medical pedicure in Melbourne. Take the first step by booking online here or calling us.
Looking for help with other foot problems in Melbourne? Check out our guide to plantar fasciitis treatment for Melbourne feet.