In the U.S., podiastrists are actual medical doctors that focus on injuries or infections, etc. Here, they are a weird mix of pedicurist and medical assistant.
I never worried much about the condition of my feet because I indulged in semi-regluar pedicures. The pedicurist would do enough work to keep my feet from having any issues. But here, the pedicurist basically cuts cuticles and applies polish and that’s it. Not even a foot massage. I was told that if I wanted more, I would have to do go a podólogo. This group does everything from pedicures to infection treatment to reflexology.
So today, in my efforts to experience more Brazilian stuff, I went to “Doctor Feet, Podólogos Altamente Qualificados.” Thought I’d try the Tratamento Tradicional Completo for my first time.
The room I was brought to looked like a mix between a facialist’s suite and a doctor’s office. The first thing that my technician, Roberta, did was take off my toe nail polish. Darn! I had just gotten a manicure! Ok, well my fault for not doing my research. She clipped my toenails, a bit too close for my comfort, and then used some kind of rotating filing tool to file down everything that wasn’t flesh. She sprayed my toes with something and then covered my toes with gauze. A few minutes later, she pulled away anything that resembled a cuticle.
I’m not going to say this process wasn’t painful at times. I won’t tell you that there wasn’t blood involved. At one point, she was digging, really digging, for something in my big toe and I won’t tell you that she in fact didn’t find something. What it was, I can’t say, but it didn’t look as though it were alive, or had ever been alive, so I was happy about that… for sure.
There were a lot of tools in the room that would not look out of place in a high school wood shop class, and she used most of it on me. She suggested that I upgrade with a hydration process. Normally, I don’t do the upgrades, but I had been noticing myself the sorry, dry state my feet had fallen into, so I went for it. The entire process took and hour.
I must say, it’s been a long time since my feel have been this shiny clean and soft. Sure, there might be some scarring, both physical and mental, but in the end, I feel like a got what I came for.