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Laser focus on summer feet: Foot Print Podiatry

Cutting edge laser beam technology is cutting feet issues for Cantabrians – just in time for open-toe shoe season.

Footprints Podiatry’s Lunula Laser uses a double cold beam to ensure no pain – or even sensation – for patients, and Senior Podiatrist Howard Nicholas tells us more about the leading fungal nail treatment.

What is Lunula Laser? The Lunula Laser is the newest standard in treating fungal nail infections. It had been used extensively worldwide with impressive results – and that convinced me to invest in the technology. The great aspect for patients is that it uses two cold laser beams, which means no heat or pain. Once patients have their foot inside, they actually have no sensation that anything is happening at all.

When is the best time to get these treatments? The process of treatment starts with four sessions about a week to 10 days apart. Each foot is exposed to the laser beams for 12 minutes. There may be further sessions depending on the severity of the fungal infection. Winter is the perfect time to have this treatment in readiness for summer and your favourite pair of open-toed shoes.

What are the results? We introduced it last year, and I was over the moon with the results immediately. The level of improvement is amazing. We’re seeing better nail growth and appearance, as well as improvement in the tone and condition of the skin around the nail.

Call Footprint Podiatry on 03 332 9792 to book an appointment in Barrington, Ilam, or Shirley.


Stand out in 2020

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the fashion trend cycle that is constantly spinning. Will it cycle back around, or will it go in a completely new direction? We’ve pulled together all the latest trends in foot fashion to help you stay up-to-date.

Stand out: We’ve all heard of ‘the little black dress’, pairing it with black boots would seem somewhat ludicrous. Hence why we’re telling you to find the brightest knee-high boots you can find. After all, orange is the new black. Well… so is green, yellow, blue and any colour of the rainbow. Make a statement and stand out (literally).

Socks or shoes? Honestly, we’re not too sure we know the answer. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t recommend them! Sock trainers are on the rise, from Boohoo to Balenciaga, everyone’s designing a pair. You could wear them to pilates or Saturday brunch and no one would question it. Not to mention they’re extremely comfortable!

Love the lace: Channel your inner gladiator goddess with this 2020 shoe trend. What’s not to love? They can be paired with any outfit whether that includes a dress, jumpsuit or a pair of jeans. As an added bonus, they’ll keep your feet cool too.

Keep it simple: While we do encourage you to try a bright and bold change, for some people that’s an everyday look. So, why not switch roles and take a minimalist approach? Who said simple had to be boring? In fact, it can look quite classy and chic (especially if everything above the feet is filled with colour, patterns and accessories).

Slide on over: It seems that the main trend for 2020 is comfort and we are certainly not complaining. When they say beauty is pain… they’re not lying. Especially when that pain is caused from three-inch heels that you’ve been wearing all day. The solution: slides. They don’t have to be Gucci to be on trend. But sometimes ones with a little quirk to them can really pull together an outfit!


Natural Nails Nailed

Our feet are often taken for granted and are commonly one of the most neglected body parts. Out of sight, out of mind seems to be a common theme and many people will hide their feet inside shoes rather than expose them to the world.



Footprints Podiatry has the tools to help; with the only Lunula Laser treatment option in Christchurch, Footprints is restoring beautiful nails and restoring confidence to your summer season.

Agata Zanko has joined the Footprints team as a Foot Care Technician. Arriving from Poland, Agata loves to travel and brings a wealth of European footcare knowledge with her.

She is passionate about restoring nails and general footcare, as well as helping Footprints establish a new, truly remarkable service.

Keryflex is an exciting addition to the footcare range offered by Footprints Podiatry.

Keryflex is a safe, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails.

The system allows a qualified provider to remodel an individual’s nails affected by fungus, defects and trauma.

The composite resin creates a flexible, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural nail to grow.

The Keryflex nail is an immediate cosmetic improvement, providing a natural-looking nail.

It is durable and unaffected by acetone, nail polish or detergents. Following treatment using Lunula Laser, many current patients are choosing to use the Keryflex Nail Restoration system while their fungal nails continue to resolve.

Head into Footprints to see if Keryflex is right for you.


Footprints Podiatry

Regain your barefoot freedom: Footprints Podiatry

Footprints Podiatry has just introduced the Lunula Laser, a new technology that helps to eliminate fungal infections.


Footprints Podiatry


Lunula Laser is the newest standard in treating recalcitrant fungal nail infections and has been used extensively worldwide with impressive results. Totally pain-free, it uses two cold laser beams, which means no heat or pain and there are no known side effects.

The two laser beams work in tandem to produce a long-lasting action that damages the fungus itself and helps the body break it down by producing antiseptic and antimicrobial hydrogen peroxide. Lunula Laser also stimulates the immune system and causes vasodilation (the dilatation of blood vessels) by producing nitric oxide. This allows improved blood flow and encourages healing and regeneration.

The Lunula Laser may also be able to help clients for other podiatry needs. It is currently being trialled with diabetic patients to improve blood flow in feet and toes, to aid in problems caused by diabetic arterial disease. The Lunula Laser has been used to aid in the healing and repair process of the nail and can also assist with psoriasis and nail damage caused by friction from footwear. In as little as four weekly 12-minute sessions, you can regain your barefoot freedom.

Footprint Podiatry can also provide treatment of foot and ankle disorders (including skin and nail conditions), biomechanical causes of back, hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot pain, prescription of corrective foot orthotics, advice on appropriate strength or stretching requirements and training programmes.


You’ll find them at three handy locations in Barrington, Ilam and Shirley.


Feet First Podiatry

A foot above the rest: tread more comfortably thanks to Feet First Podiatry

It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim the majority of us take our feet for granted, not putting them first in our health and wellbeing regimen. Charlotte Russell of Feet First Podiatry says that treating feet is not a luxury, but rather a necessity.

Feet First Podiatry

A podiatrist for more than 30 years, Charlotte knows what she is talking about and the clinic she established where four podiatrists now practise, has been on its prominent Upper Riccarton site for 23 years.
“Take the first step to healthier feet with us,” she says.
“We provide specialist footcare advice for everyone – children with foot problems, the elderly with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, sports enthusiasts and people seeking relief from corns and calluses, heel pain or ingrown toenails. It’s often only when our feet start to give us pain that we realise we only have one pair and we need to look after them.”
Charlotte emphasises how important it is for diabetic patients to have regular podiatry visits. “Poorly controlled diabetes may lead to nerve damage which impairs sensation. Preventative treatment is key to avoid ulcers or gangrene.”
Prevention and management are two words you will hear constantly from podiatry specialists. “Many foot issues can be managed through physical stretching or the use of orthotics – shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. We custom make these and have a great range of quality, stylish podiatric shoes in our retail Shoe Room.”
You can find Feet First Podiatry at 37 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton. Phone 03-348 7910.