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Research

Research
  • The Emjoi MICRO Pedi has received the Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

    Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Currently, the organisation represents a vast majority of the estimated 15,000 podiatrists in the US. APMA's staff, comprised of approximately 60 professionals, is dedicated to promoting foot and ankle health, member service, and professional excellence. Looking toward the future, APMA will continue to advance the growth and stability of podiatric medicine by increasing nationwide awareness of foot and ankle health through public education and legislative advocacy.

    To learn more about the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and what they do, visit http://www.apma.org


  • In October 2011, Soft Lines International Ltd. (owners of the Emjoi MICRO Pedi) embarked on a clinical study which involved eight participants (six males and two females aged between 35 and 75 years) suffering from mild to moderate plantar keratoderma also known as overgrowth of scaling or hard skin on the feet. Each participant used the Micro Pedi device in their own homes on a daily basis for four weeks and were assessed after week two and after week four for overall clinical improvement.

    After two weeks, the mean level of improvement was 3.4 (51% to 75% improvement) and at the one month follow up stage, seven of the eight participants had an improvement of 4 (75% to 100% improvement), with one participant exhibiting a score of 2 (26-50% improvement). On investigation it was found that this patient had used the device manually due to the battery failure. It was also observed that no side effects or discomfort were reported during the study and no type of erosion or skin injury occurred.

    To summarise,
    The Micro-Pedi, device was found to be extremely effective in the improvement of mild to moderate plantar keratoderma. The lack of side effects and the simplicity of operation makes this treatment safe as an at home use device.

    To download and view a copy of the study, click here.


  • Facing the feet facts: Why your worn feet could age you up to 12 years

    We all know that our faces, hair and hands can all show ‘tell tale’ signs of our age, with wrinkles, crinkles, fine lines and prominent veins all to blame, but what other parts of our body are giving away our age? A recent study by MICRO Pedi found that unsurprisingly people’s faces were the biggest indicator of age, however, one in five people surveyed thought that neglected feet could also be a ‘give away’ of age.

    The recent research conducted by MICRO Pedi asked participants to estimate the age of six pairs of unkempt feet, the respondents were shown six photos of people’s feet (including sole and heel) and were asked to ‘age’ the feet. Dry skin, cracked heels and calluses, were all noted as culprits of uncared for feet and were shown to have an aging affect: the feet were judged as being up to 12 years older than their owner’s actual age.

    If the ageing affect wasn’t already a good enough reason to keep feet looking tip top, of those surveyed, over a third of men noted that they look for ‘nice feet’ in a partner whilst nearly a quarter see rough skin on feet as a ‘turn off’.

    For younger looking, smoother feet the MICRO Pedi was used to create an ‘anti-aging’ effect on the six pairs of unloved feet. After using the MICRO Pedi whereby feet were left with the perfect salon pedicure look and feel, participants were shown the ‘after’ photographs of the smooth feet which were then recorded as losing an average of 14.2 years when re-evaluated. The best result showed a highly impressive 24.9 years reduction in age, nearly 34 years ‘younger’ than the participant’s actual age. Impressively, after using the MICRO Pedi all six pairs of feet were deemed to look younger.



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