Medical Pedicure

A Podiatrist performing a medical pedicure

A medical pedicure is a specialised foot care service provided by podiatrists. It goes beyond the aesthetics of a traditional pedicure and focuses on the health and well-being of the feet.

A Podiatrist debriding hard skin off a clients foot during a medical pedicure

Steps of a medical pedicure involve


Addressing any concerns the patient may have


Nail care

  • Looking out for any pathological nails
  • Addressing these concerns if evident
  • Professional cutting of nails to prevent ingrown toenails

Skin care

  • Addressing corns and calluses
  • Applying moisturising cream with urea to hydrate the skin


  • Helps with fluid retention and muscle tension in the feet

Frequently Asked Questions

A medical pedicure typically takes about 25 – 30 minutes from beginning to end. During this time, your podiatrist will work to improve the health and appearance of your nails and skin. They will also provide guidance on maintaining your foot health between appointments.

The ideal frequency for professional pedicures varies from person to person. Some people benefit from monthly pedicures, particularly if they have thick or traumatic nails that require regular maintenance. Others can wait up to three months between medical pedicures if their nails grow naturally and don’t need frequent trimming.

On average, many of our regular clients in Melbourne opt for a medi pedi every six to eight weeks to keep their feet in top shape.

Since medical pedicures are considered a podiatry service, you may be able to claim a rebate through your private health insurance. Check your health fund to see if you’re eligible. We can claim your private health at the end of your appointment, meaning you only have to pay the rebate.

Absolutely, guys! Whether you call yourself a guy, bloke, lad, or fella, there’s absolutely no shame in treating yourself to a medical pedicure in Melbourne. It’s high time we put an end to toxic masculinity that makes men shy away from things that can make us feel great and promote our well-being.

If you’re looking for role models, just know that some of your favourite sports stars, from LeBron James to many AFL players, regularly visit podiatrists and get medical pedicures to ensure their feet stay in top shape.

A medical pedicure (or medi pedi as it’s colloquially known) is a pedicure performed in a clean and sterile environment. This reduces the risk of developing bacterial and fungal nail infections which can occur when non-sterile equipment is used.

What’s involved in a medical pedicure?

A medical pedicure involves:

  • assessment and diagnosis of skin and general foot health;
  • cutting, shaping and filing of the nails;
  • reducing thickening nails; and
  • removing corns and calluses.

A gentle massage and application of moisturising cream are used at the end.

Who would benefit from a medical pedicure?

We are firm believers in the advantages of a medical pedicure for everyone. It represents the most effective and convenient means to proactively address and prevent potential foot health issues at their initial stages, averting the risk of more advanced complications. In essence, a medi-pedicure offers a refined approach to maintaining optimal foot health and ensuring your feet remain in excellent condition.

The following people, however, find medi-pedicures crucial:

How is a medical pedicure different to a normal pedicure?

A normal pedicure and a medical pedicure differ in their focus, purpose and the qualifications of the individuals providing the service. Here is what sets a medi pedi apart:

  • A medical pedicure prioritises foot health and addresses specific foot-related issues. It’s performed by trained podiatrists who have expertise in dealing with foot conditions. The main goal is to assess, treat and prevent foot problems and maintain overall foot health.
  • A medical pedicure involves the assessment and treatment of specific foot issues. This can include addressing ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, fungal infections and other foot-related conditions. The focus is on therapeutic care and prevention.
  • Medical pedicures are performed by healthcare professionals, such as podiatrists or licensed medical nail technicians, who have received specialised training in foot and nail health. They have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat a range of foot problems safely and effectively.
  • Medical pedicure facilities adhere to strict hygiene and sanitisation protocols to prevent the spread of infections. We use sterilised or disposable tools and maintain a clean and safe environment.
  • Medical pedicures do not include nail polish or decorative elements, as the primary focus is on foot health rather than aesthetics.

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