Press Feature

Why you should never neglect your feet in winter

Maintain sandal-worthy feet ALL year with these 7 essential foot care tips from a top podiatrist

Who's secretly happy to hide their feet again now boot-season is upon us? You're not alone. Just because feet inevitably go into hiding in Autumn and Winter though, doesn't mean you should let 'em go. Far from it in fact, the temperature drops this time of year can cause havoc with your feet, all the more reason to maintain your foot care.

Podiatrist Dina Gohil explains that your feet have a blood supply that is affected by climate. "As the temperature fluctuates the skin is left hot or cold. When your feet feel cold, it means the skins blood supply to the top layers of the skin have been reduced to preserve heat." No wonder they get as dry our chapped lips – even without being exposed to the elements.

Tight-tights and chunky socks squeezed into shoes can torture your toes and restrict blood supply too, so if you're not careful come next Spring your foot confidence will plummet making emergency pedicures a procedure, not a pamper!

Instead, invest a little time in your tootsies regularly with Dina's top tips. They will thank you for it.

7 HOME-TREATMENT TIPS FOR LOVELY FEET

1. Give your toenails a breather. "Regularly removing nail polish and applying a fresh coat can maintain the amount of bacteria and fungal hibernating underneath."

2. Sounds gross, but cleaning beneath your nails is easy. "The debris is a collection of soap, dead skin and other combinations of everyday life. An easy way to clear these spaces is to use a soft toothbrush in an upward motion after a shower/bath."

3. And to restore damaged nails..? "Using nail oil with added anti-fungal properties, such as tea tree oil, can help promote and restore a healthy nail."

4. Fashion-wise, find footwear that has room up-front. "Imagine yourself playing the piano with your toes. If your toes move freely without feeling musically restricted, this is a good fit. The technical term is a deep toe box. If you're not sure what size you are, a good shoe shop will measure your feet. Width and height of the front of the shoe is vital to ultimate foot comfort."

5. Cold feet? "A brilliant way to restore the heat is to use a foot cream in circular motions from the heel up to the toes. This will not only warm your feet but also moisturise them at the same time."

6. Dry feet? "Simple things such as olive oil and sea salt replenish the skin of lost moisture and gently remove layers of superficial dead skin."

7. If you're an athletic type (good on you) and get itchy feet from sweat, try a warm water soak with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for 10 minutes. "This solution helps with many things; fatigued feet, fungal toenails and athlete's foot. This secret can be used as and when needed. However, if your feet have open wounds, cuts or diabetes this is not suitable."

To find out more about DG Podiatrist, visit: www.dgpodiatrist.com and read the full article on here

Scratch Magazine – PUTTING THE MEDI in pedi with DG Podiatrist

On Friday, I went to visit podiatrist extraordinaire, Dina Gohil, at DG Podiatrist for my first medical pedicure.

Located a stone’s throw from Bond Street, London, DG Podiatrist offers treatments for calluses, corns, verrucas, general nail and skin care and care of diabetic feet.

Having been on the receiving end of many pedicures, but never a medi-pedi, I was intrigued to discover exactly what it involves and how the two treatments differ. Thankfully, Dina was on hand to explain.

“A medical pedicure is aimed at looking for the health of the person’s feet and regarding foot health in a holistic approach,” Dina clarified. “I look at the way a person stands and the way that they walk.”

Dina asked about my health history before examining my rather unkempt tootsies and heels. We discussed different areas of foot care and how to avoid certain problems, such as hard skin. After that, an antibacterial liquid was sprayed onto my feet and a specially-formulated hydrogen peroxide was dripped on to the nails.

The main part of the treatment included the shaving of hard or dead skin with a scalpel. I know what you’re thinking, but it was completely painless! Even as a squeamish and ticklish person, I was completely at ease as Dina set to work.

“We always use sterilised instruments in packets, ready to go!” Dina revealed.

DG Podiatrist specialises in luxury foot healthcare. Of course we use the best things we can for you – the best creams, the best instruments and make sure the treatment is in a beautiful setting, but really the luxury actually stands in time; time for each and every client. We will always sit down with clients and talk to them about anything you want to discuss.
— Dina Gohil

“The luxury also stands for education. If a client has not learnt what’s happening with their feet or why it’s happening or how it can be prevented or maintained, they will not be looking after them to the best of their standards.

“We want clients to have an amazing experience; to sit back and relax and enjoy the session. I don’t want people coming in feeling scared or nervous – I’ve seen it all!”

After Dina was happy with the removal of skin with the scalpel, she set it down to use specially designed clippers to cut and shape the nail. She then started up her electrical file to take of any remaining dead skin from the foot and finish off the nails.

After having replenishing oil on my nails and mixture of CSS Foot Cream and Crème de la Mer smoothed and massaged into my feet, they really felt like new.

To find out more about DG Podiatrist, visit: www.dgpodiatrist.com and read more about medi-pedi’s in the September issue of Scratch here

DG Podiatrist Press Day

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This month DG Podiatrist held two press days and had the pleasure of meeting some of the UK’s finest Beauty and Health Editors. The press days were full of pampering treatments by Dina Gohil which enabled the editors to get better informed to all of the benefits that podiatry can offer. 

DG Podiatrist partnered with premium nail brand Only Fingers + Toes, luscious natural brand Tri-Dosha, Heir & Grace Candles and Liberties jewellery to ensure that the editors were suitably pampered. 

Hello! Magazine in The Lanes of Mayfair Toe-tally Romantic

Valentine’s Day is near, filling both singles and couples with romance, generosity and a wealth of love. For me, this also means a bit of a love affair with my feet, ensuring they are luxuriously silky and full of life. The lead-up to Valentine’s Day this year is going to be a beautiful one. There is one event to be terribly excited about, and one you will no doubt want to be a part of! Curious?

Envisage an evening of romance and shopping with Hello! Magazine in The Lanes of Mayfair. Picture strawberries, Prosecco, red heart balloons, chocolate bites and, wait for it … a spectacular red carpet rolled out all the way down South Molton Street! Can you imagine? How very magical. DJ booths will be situated at each end of the street, playing low key easy listening music for all to enjoy — Heart FM will be there to share in the love. The celebration will take place on Thursday February 12 from 5-10pm. Put it in your diary, quick, maybe with a love heart by its side!

DG Podiatrist, among other participating businesses at 58 South Molton Street, is offering a stunning 20% off bookings and in-store refreshments on this special day. The fabulous event will be promoted in Hello! Magazine on Monday February 9, due to the generous discounts and raffle prizes offered on the day. You will be asked to show the magazine coupon to qualify for the 20% discount at participating retailers and restaurants. Hello! You’d be crazy not to check it out! DG is offering a raffle prize of a whopping £600, which is the equivalent of six London medical pedicure treatments! This is a chance to treat yourself, or your significant other, to something that will really make a difference to overall wellbeing. Better than your average hamper, I’d say!

There will be competitions on the night, such as tickets to Shakespeare in Love, Valentine’s Day hampers, dinners, overnight stays and tickets to Victoria’s Secret fashion show — I bet their feet look divine in those heels, and yours can too, wandering the glamorous (and discounted) Lanes of Mayfair!

So come and join in the February celebrations of love and wellbeing — go alone, with your partner, with a friend or bring the family! Share in the fun, the amazing treatments, the prizes, the music and the Mayfair buzz! Love and cherish your feet in preparation for Valentine’s Day, and walk with joy and freedom through the atmospheric lanes. Be happy, healthy and toe-tally romantic! ‘There is only one happiness in this life — to love and be loved’.