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Chinese Traditional Pedicure

      Foot is one of the most vital organs to support our human body. The formation of foot diseases is due to compression, friction, fatigue, injury and other causes continuous in our daily life, and it needs to be treated in time. Clients often think the Chinese traditional pedicure is same as the pedicure service from some other nail studios. However, they are not the same. The Chinese traditional pedicure service that Gold Medal provides focus more on foot diseases treatment through a complete special Chinese traditional techniques and methods. We are treating the following foot diseases: Corns, Burns, Footpad, Gray nail, Paronychia, Embedded toe, etc. These common foot diseases give rise to many painful and inconvenient conditions, and it even might be a cause for other relevant diseases to disturb our work and study from a regular pace life. Chinese traditional pedicure is the solution of the foot diseases and also the protection of the health.

      Gold Medal Foot Relexolgoy and Health Center's professional pedicurists must understand the basic structure of the foot. Our feet is a flexible "tripod" formed by the tibia connection that allowing us to stand firm on an uneven pavement and protecting our internal organs from the harm. Each foot has a total of 26 bones, including 7 tarsals (ankle bones), 5 metatarsals (instep bones), and 14 phalanges (toe bones) along with 2 sesamoid bones at the base of the big toe that creates 3 arches within a limited mobility. The structure we know of as the nail is divided into six specific parts - the root, nail bed, nail plate, eponychium (cuticle), perionychium, and hyponychium. Each of these structures has a specific function, and it's bundling with the entire human system. In another word, the disrupted and diseased functional statues of the body can result nails in an abnormal appearance. Healthy nail's surface generally appears in a smooth, pinky, translucent, shiny and slightly curved condition. The nail plate has an aging change while people get elder, and it's considered as normal, but not a disease.

      Gold Medal Foot Relexolgoy and Health Center believes that human body is an organic whole, and it contains a complex map of meridian loops, which communicates the entire networks from up and down in our body. Whether an individual system or organ is affected by disease will also effect the general health of the entire body, and there is no exception for our feet. The sickness of other parts of body will reflex on our feet. Nail inspection can give a great deal of information about the internal working of the body as well, and like tongue or iris inspection, has a long history of diagnostic use in traditional medical practices such as Chinese medicine. Nail disease can be very subtle and should be evaluated by a dermatologist with a focus in this particular area of medicine. A professional pedicurist may be the first to note a subtle change in nail health.

1. Brittleness is associated with iron deficiency, thyroid problems, and impaired kidney function.
2. Splitting and fraying are associated with psoriasis and deficiencies of folic acid, protein and Vitamin C.
3. Unusual thickness is associated with circulation problems.
Shape and Texture
1. Clubbing, or nails that curve down around the fingertips with nailbeds that bulge is associated with oxygen deprivation and lung, heart, or liver disease.
2. Spooning, or nails that grow upwards is associated with iron or B12 deficiency.
3. Pitting of the nails is associated with Psoriasis.
4. Ridges across the nail indicate stress.
5 Beau's lines are ridges in the nail.
Discoloration of entire nail bed
1. Yellowing of the nail bed is associated with chronic bronchitis, lymphatic problems, diabetes, and liver disorders.
2. Brown or copper nail beds are associated with arsenic or copper poisoning, and local fungal infection.
3. Redness is associated with heart conditions.
Other color changes and markings
1. Melanonychia (longitudinal streaking that darkens or does not grow out), especially on the thumb or big toe, may indicate subungual melanoma.
2. White lines across the nail (leukonychia striata, or transverse leukonychia) may be Mees' lines or Muehrcke's lines.
3. Small white patches are known as leukonychia punctata.
4. Dark nails are associated with B12 deficiency.
5. Stains of the nail plate (not the nail bed) are associated with smoking, and henna use.