Runners' feet. They are rarely a thing of beauty. Since taking up running and pounding the pavements for miles, and miles, and miles... I have basically ruined my feet. I have lost four toenails (affectionately named Toe-ny 1, Toe-ny 2, you get the idea), the ones still there have weathered the storm by growing layers of hardened nail, my toes have started to scrunch up from the constant bashing up against my trainers as I run and there are corns.
In short, my feet needed help.
I headed to Michael John (25 Albermarle Street; 020 7629 6969) where I booked in for a Medical Pedicure, £70 with Florentina. She went to my corns with a scalpel (!) and through sheer skill she painlessly removed them. She then worked at cutting, filing and buffing my nails (some were ingrown) to make them resemble normal feet again. Honestly, it's a small miracle that they are reunited with y summer sandals - a sight I never thought I would see again as long as I ran. I celebrated by choosing a bright tangerine Essie polish.
While I was there Alicja simultaneously gave me a 'long lasting manicure', £55, which involved CND gel polish cured under an LED light.
I was in and out in little over an hour with hands and feet that looked like they had literally been born again.
The Medical Pedicure is a must-book treatment for runners every six months. Florentina doesn't just 'make them look pretty' she assesses the formation of the foot too. She sent me away with rubber toe props that I'm to wear (it loops around the toe and an oblong of rubber literally props the toes up from beneath) to prevent them from scrunching in anymore.