Ten-second takeaway

Give the spas a break and head to this pedicure clinic for an elaborate chiropodic treatment. Your feet will thank you!

Feet first

A discrete signboard within the premises of Woodlands Hotel guides you to the pedicure clinic, located in a quiet space and surrounded by potted plants. A humble two-room space, the place has an outer area for visitors to wait and the inner room is the clinic. But, don’t let the simple appearance deceive you because your feet are in for a real treat! Started in 1986 by chiropodist Mahboob Shariff (who trained under his uncle, Azim Khan, at Bata when the footwear company first came to India), the clinic specialises in the treatment of foot-related problems, including everything from calluses and corns to verucca as well as orthopedic problems. So, no fancy pedicures here, we must warn you. What you’ll get instead is efficient chiropodic care for your weary feet.

Happy feet

The basic treatment here starts with a foot bath, letting your feet soak in warm water for a few minutes. Then, Mahboob (or his son or nephew, who assist him) will come along with an array of equipment (sterilised after each use). After diligently scraping off the dirt and calluses off your soles, they clean the cuticles of your toenails, clip and buff the nails, and end the 45-60 minute procedure with a short massage. Having had a session here, we’re happy to report that our feet felt truly clean and pampered. A proper analysis and treatment of foot-related problems is also done for those who want further care.

Set afoot

Being professionals who truly understand your feet, they also give you ample advice on foot care and, you can even get them to make you  a pair of orthotic/corrective footwear. Boasting of a clientele that ranges from people of all ages (from all over the world, apparently) to even celebrities and sportspersons, these guys have appointments booked six to eight weeks in advance. So, next time you want to pamper your weary feet, you know where to turn to.

Where: Woodlands Hotel, 5, Rajaram Mohan Roy Road, Richmond Town

When: 10am-8pm (advance booking recommended)

Contact: 080 65976678

Price: INR 500 upwards for the treatment, INR 450 upwards for the footwear

Featured image by: Jurish Nath