07 13 feet pedicureLondon’s famous “medical pedicure” steps into spas across Canada.

If corns, calluses, bunions and other toe woes are keeping your feet from looking sandal-ready, then take a note from our friends across the pond. “Londoners have the loveliest feet, thanks to the Margaret Dabbs medical pedicure,” says Ellis Holevas, a medical aesthetician and trainer at BeautyNext Group, the Canadian manufacturer that is bringing the famous U.K. beauty service to Canadians. Holevas, who was at the BeautyNext Group head offices in North York, ONT., gave us the details on this innovative treatment that marries the familiar indulgence of a traditional spa pedicure with the clinical expertise you can only get from a foot doctor.

Margaret Dabbs is a podiatrist who set up a series of foot clinics in 1998 in London, U.K., to treat the medical concerns of patients. She realized that there were no foot products that could care for the specific needs of the feet, while providing the same luxurious experience of a spa pedicure. Dabbs started sourcing raw ingredients from around the world and created formulations in her clinic that proved to be so successful, that the only way to keep up with the demand was to get her mixtures manufactured. Today, The Margaret Dabbs Footcare line, as well as her signature medical pedicure, is offered in prestigious London locations including Harrods, Liberty and the new Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge. The flagship Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinic & Nail Spa is situated in London’s Marylebone Village.

Dabbs’ goal is to provide services that guarantee healthy feet using her high-performance products, which centre around the star ingredient: Australian organic emu oil, extracted from under the feather of the emu, a protected bird from Australia. Renowned for its incredible healing properties, emu oil has been used medicinally for thousands of years for its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. “Emu oil is very close in the DNA makeup to our own natural oils, so our skin accepts it. It also contains the same anti-inflammatory properties as ibuprofen, so if you suffer from swelling in your feet or ankles, you will find it comforting,” says Holevas, who adds that it is considered a dry oil, which means that it will absorb quickly into the skin, so you won’t slip and slide in your flip flops when you get up from the pedicure.

Holevas notes that their Intensive Treatment Foot Oil spray ($38, at beautynext.com) is particularly popular in the summertime, as clients have said that it has helped to ward off mosquito bites. Great for cottagers! Lemon myrtle, the other key ingredient, provides the ranges’ light, refreshing spa-like scent to soothe and relax. All products also contain tea tree oil, the standard anti-fungal, anti-yeast solution used in most spas. “The whole line works to eradicates all signs of dehydration, and repairs and prevents cracked broken skin,” says Holevas.