1 year of DG Podiatrist

"As a child, I used to believe that vampires existed and that the world had a secret clock that spend up time when I wasn't at school and brought it to a halt when I was.

Had you asked me then what I would be like in ten years and what I would achieve, I don't think I would have been able to tell you.

DG Podiatrist became a dream, a passion and my way of life. One year has flown by and what an adventure it has been... I'm entirely grateful for all the people that have been involved, you are amazing! Thank you to all of the clients for being wonderful! Thank you to friends and family for the guidance and limitless encouragement. I truly feel blessed, and I look forward to the years to come! This is just the start... "

- Yours faithfully, Dina Gohil, DG Podiatrist

Time Well Spent

This month Dina Gohil shared her podiatry knowledge as a key speaker at the 'Time Well Spent' luxury wellness day retreat, organised by Tri-Dosha in partnership with COMO Shambhala Urban Retreat in London.

The event took place on Saturday 17th October and aimed to indulge and educate attendees by combining three short informal speaker presentations, nutritional coaching, meditation and massage.

The session opened with with Dina's presentation. Dina advised people on how to find the best shoes, from the width of the 'toe box' to the best kind of fabrics to look for. Guests learnt simple tips like 'why you shouldn't wear flip flops for long-distance walking' and 'how long you should use a pair of trainers for'. Throughout Dina's talk, guests were given lots of useful advice on keeping their feet healthy and happy!

Everything You Need To Know About Bunions

What are Bunions?

"Bunions", otherwise known as Hallux valgus, is when the big toe bends in a particular angle towards the second toe. This bending means the first metatarsal displaces medially towards the inline of the body and the proximal phalanx towards your second toe, therefore results in the bumpy bony appearance commonly seen on feet.  

What causes Bunions?

Rumour has it, it’s the shoes! But is it? There is truth that the long-term inappropriate shoes do contribute to the movement and displacement of the joint, but most often it is inherited along the family line. Other factors can include:

  • Foot injury.
  • Systemic conditions like diabetes, arthritis and flat feet.
  • Activities that place high pressure on that joint and loose joints.

Bunion conservative treatment/ Bunion surgery

Conservative treatments can include things like:

  • Pads and cushions.
  • Night splints.
  • Toe exercises.
  • Orthotics.
  • Pain relief medication.

Conservative treatments help manage the bunion and reduce pain. Surgery is usually left for chronic cases where conservative treatments are ineffective and the joint it self needs to be corrected. Post-surgery clients will be off their feet for 6 weeks.

The best shoes to wear when you have bunions are those with a very soft material - like soft leathers or suedes, the more they stretch, the better. It is also ideal to purchase shoes that are wide fitting and accommodate space for the bunion. If the bunion feels snug and tight, it’s best to try something wider. Try and wear a shoe that is supportive across the mid foot and arch. Laces or straps can also help with support! 

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

Review: Saltskrub

I always get curious to see how products are packaged.  Saltskrub made sure to seal it air tight all the way from Denmark.  The clean and sophisticated tubs made me curious to the texture of the product.  I opened up each package like a child at Christmas, and inside each product was and ideal-sized wooden, engraved spoon that are provided with each tub. 

So, what did I think of the products?

SALT SCRUB for normal skin

The rich aromas,  of what smelt like apricots,  took over my bathing rituals. Each granule was visible in a creamy dune, and the sea salt elements intrigued me. Saltskrub advise to use the product on wet skin, needless to say that's exactly what I did. I gently scrubbed both my feet,  focusing on the areas that receive the most pressure from my gallivanting, London adventures, and then I washed away any residue. My feet were left feeling silky with an oily finish, almost when you just finish from a spa treatment. And the smell... it's delicious! Just be careful when exiting the bath or shower to avoid any indoor ice skating routines. 

FOOT OIL

Back to my sanctuary that I call my room for part two of the products; the foot oil. Time to do what I do best. Massaging from the heel up to the toes in circular and pulsating notions.  How did it feel? Never the same as when someone else does it for you but still very much much enjoyable - a great me time moment!  The Saltskrub Foot Oil began to absorb into my feet after a few minutes, leaving a light layer of oil and shine to the service of the skin.  It also had a pleasant scent,  however I couldn't quite figure out what it reminded me of.  Maybe when you try it you can let me know and we can figure it out together! 

These products have kept my feet feeling silky smooth for more than two days , which I must admit,  pleases me.  Overall, both products have a place in my bathtub routine. Even my sister had her eyes on them!

http://www.saltskrub.co.uk/

DG Podiatrist's London Fashion Week Round Up

London Fashion Week is the hot event in every fashionista's diary. Showcasing the very best in fashion, we've picked out our favourite shoes from the catwalk in this year's  2016 shows at London Fashion Week. 

Antonio Berardi
Antonio Berardi's spring/summer 2016 collection plays with sharp tailoring and romantic flowing silks that flow into footwear. 

Burberry
Burberry fused modern and urban for spring/summer 2016, showcasing a collection packed full of black silks and signature trench coats finished with edgy, black open-toe heels.

Jean-Pierre Braganza
Jean-Pierre Braganza's collection was filled with colour. For spring/summer 2016, they predict bright pops of primary colours. We're loving the gentle nod to the popular 60s Mondrian design combined with contemporary edge.

Alterre's New Interchangeable Shoe

Alterre has launched their new patent-pending design, combining classic footwear design and effortless customisation. The innovative design solves the challenge of a quick-change. Gone are the days of stashing a spare pair of heels in your handbag! A simple snap of the strap and you’re ready for a work to play transition. 

The shoe is available in a 1 1/2 inch or a 2 1/2 inch heel in an array classic colours like black suede, blush leather and grey leather. We're spoilt for choice as there are more than 65 combinations available!

Each style is named after women Alterre deems admirable, from Mariln (Monroe) to Tilda (Swinton), the designer offers a style to suit every woman. Not only are the heels a style staple, they may even save you from an overcrowded wardrobe…

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

Feet Mag - The Magazine You Read With Your Feet

French foot product manufacturer Hansaplast has created a new magazine that's not only about feet but is actually designed to be read with your feet! The magazine is designed to flipped through with manicured toes leaving you to lie back and enjoy a good read. Hansplast has used thick, varnished paper and larger font so that readers can peer over their toes and get the latest on foot fashion.

The Feet Mag includes everything from your foot horoscope to playful photo shoots. The magazine is bursting with creative ideas and inspiration for your next pedicure. Having cover-ready feet has never been so important!

Read the first edition here

Are Your Feet Holiday Ready?

Summer is the time to put our feet on display, dig out our favourite sandals and walk that walk. But ladies have you checked the state of your feet? 

Most of the people in the UK don’t even know what a Podiatrist does, let alone how they can help your feet feel better and look great. A medical pedicure will ensure that your feet are checked for any irregularities and given essential maintenance that a normal pedicure can’t provide. 

Here's Dina's Top Tips for ensuring your feet are beautiful for summer;

1) Maintain your nails with a nail oil at least twice a week. Always wash and prep your feet before applying the oil and massage gently into the nail and cuticle area. 

2) Paint your toes perfect this summer with a quality nail polish to ensure optimum nail health. We are loving Bubblegum and Peachy Keen nail polish from carcinogen free brand Only Fingers + Toes. Make sure to remove nail varnish thoroughly and soak your feet for 10 minutes in salted warm water before applying a fresh coat. 

3) Take time out to massage your feet and ankles with an indulgent foot scrub. We can’t stop using Tri-Dosha foot scrub which is packed full of nurturing and invigorating ingredients for your feet and skin. 

4) If you’re the type of person that lives in flip flops try and alternate your footwear with other variations. We simply can’t get enough of Crocs’ huarache and rio collection! Comfort and style combined. 

5) Banish cracked skin around your heels. Use a foot file, emery board or pumice stone to gently rub away the hard skin, then apply your favorite rich moisturising cream to soften the skin.

6) Now we all love flip flops so if you're looking for a pair DG recommends FitFlops as they are the most supportive, meaning your feet will feel as fresh as they did the moment you stepped out to make great memories.

7) DG loves creme de la mer and their moisturising cream is just fabulous. Another called CCS cream which is a little stronger and great for those that suffer with hard skin or cracked heels! Make sure to moisturise daily to keep them fresh, smooth and summer ready.

8) Nice simple technique to keep those feet smelling fresh and itch free aka athletes foot soak your feet in either a few drops tea tree oil or alternatively two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in luke warm water for 10mins, two or three times a week. 

9) When the suns out your feet are out too! So make sure they are protected with sunscreen and topped up through the day. 

10) Having London’s medical pedicure by DG Podiatrist to make sure your feet are as best as they can be to enjoy and spoil over the summer holidays.