Physio practice brings Hollywood-style foot treatment to Marlborough
A Marlborough physiotherapy practice is offering an exclusive Hollywood-style treatment for something that is walked all over every day – feet.
Clients from as far away as Bath and Gloucestershire are already coming to the Hughenden Yard practice for this new exclusive treatment, which has previously only been available in London.
Podiatrists – the new name for chiropodists – and salons usually concentrate on one thing: either foot health or foot beauty.
Now, James Hatt & Associates has combined both approaches in its new glamorous med-ped treatment.
The Medical Pedicure is given by a highly trained and qualified podiatrist. It involves a comprehensive health check and treatment of the feet followed by a pedicure.
But this goes even further than feet feeling and looking great. Many musculoskeletal problems, such as with knee joints and backs, can be caused by feet, and the early warning signs of some illnesses - such as the increasingly common diabetes and the number one cause of death, blocked arteries - can be spotted through foot examinations.
“Feet are important to health, so we thought: why not make it a luxurious experience? We want to encourage younger women in particular to have their feet pampered and their health checked at the same time,” said practice director, Amanda Hatt.
“We also didn't want to send clients away to a salon for the finishing touches of a pedicure, and perhaps not having such a good service as they would with our podiatrist.”
In the hour long appointment, the med-ped offers a diabetic, neurological and vascular screening; a foot bath, foot scrub and foot mask; gets rid of the dreaded cracked heels in one treatment – with, unlike salons, the added hygiene security of medically sterile equipment – and nails cut and painted.
And feet are left looking like they belong on a movie star.
To offer this treatment, James Hatt refuses the bread and butter of most podiatrists, the fifteen minute toenail-cutting service.
“We would be doing our clients a disservice with such a short treatment. It's better to offer a proper, rounded consultation.” Amanda adds: “It may not the quickest way to way to grow this new part of the business, but it's the best way for our clients.”
Regular client Karen Shields, from Pewsey, pictured receiving a med-ped from Heath and Care Professions Council registered podiatrist Emma Ansell. “I came in for knee problems, and I've had physio, massage and podiatry.
“This time I've tried the med-ped. I love Emma's approach with a comprehensive overview of the problem. It's a long term solution rather than a quick fix.”
For more information visit www.jameshattphysio.co.uk or ring 01380 730473.
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