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Nekteck Foot Massager Review

Nekteck Foot Massager

For those wondering what is the best foot massager that is cheap and affordable (but does not compromise on quality, of course), you have came to the right place.

The Nekteck Foot Massager - a no fuss, feet only electric foot massager will be right up your alley. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, this is what you'll want.

What We Like 

  • Very affordable
  • Light and portable
  • Height adjustable

What We Don't 

  • Less effective for those with high arches

Design

As you can see, the Necteck Foot Massager employs an open-toe design. This means it is able to fit most feet sizes, although for reference, the feet pad measures at 11 inches. 

nekteck size design

Nevertheless, because it is not enclosed, even if your feet are bigger than 11 inches, you'd still be able to 'fit' as you can move your feet freely to massage any area. Our editor here has size 12 feet and there is no problem at all in terms of fitting.  

Its open design is also one reason we say it is one of the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis.

This is because you get to manipulate your feet freely around the pad to get the pressure and attention you want at the painful area, which in this case, lies primarily around the heel and arch area. 

nekteck height adjustable

Another thing worth mentioning is that there are two height adjustable feet at the bottom of the massager. 

This way, depending on your preference and convenience, you can adjust the height in 3 levels to find the best angle that's most comfortable to you. 

For plantar fasciitis users, you may want to put it up at an angle because in a tilted position, you'll get more pressure at the heels.

Another small but considerate detail lies in the touch-button design that is incorporated in between the foot pads. Instead of having to bend down each time to turn on the massager, you can now just touch on it using your toe to set it on. 

Necteck touch button

Remember to turn on the switch by the side first though.  

This is especially thoughtful for the elder users because this way, they do not need to bend their back which for some, can actually be quite strenuous. 

Also, it has a built-in on-board cord storage and carry handle for your convenience.

Although these design features are not exclusive to Nekteck (you can certainly see them in other best foot massager reviews), for one in its price point to have all these is truly good value for money.

Features and Programs 

Of course, design alone wouldn't take it far if its functions do not match up to par. We're pleased to find that this electric foot massager equally does not disappoint when it comes to functioning. 

Like most foot massagers, the Nekteck employs a roller function to relax the tense foot muscles and regulates blood flow. It has 6 massage heads (3 on each foot) with each having 3 rotating massager nodes (so altogether 18 nodes) so that it can produce some of the deepest penetration of the muscles for a soothing and relaxing experience. 

nekteck roller

In particular, we want to commend on how powerful these massaging nodes are. So much so that some may find it a tad too much. If this happens to you, you can place a towel in between your feet and the massager first (or wear a pair of socks) until you get used to the pressure before removing it for a better experience.

If you have been on your feet for the whole day, its massage do wonders in soothing and invigorating your tired and sore feet. If there's any pain or aches, and that's not just limited to plantar fasciitis, the Nekteck's massage function truly works in alleviating those pain.

We have users raving how much relief it brings to their neuropathy issue, with some even their heel pain subsides tremendously after a few sessions on it. 

And yes, this is a shiatsu foot massager with heat for those that are wondering. 

Necteck foot massager size

The heat aims to speed up blood circulation to help relieve pain on fatigued muscles and reduce foot pain.

It operates independently from the massage in that you can manually turn it on or off depending on your preference.

You do have to give it some time before it heats up optimally, though.

The reason for saying this is because we have seen people complaining about heat being minimal but it wasn't the case for us. It heats up just fine, though we do suggest not to wear any socks to get the maximum heat benefit. 

Things to Note

Having said that, the Necteck is not without its limitation. If you have particularly high arches, it may not work well because the rollers aren't able to hit the arches as well.

It doesn't mean you cannot work around it though - we find that you can manipulate your feet up and down so that the rollers can hit any location you wish.

Also, as mentioned above, you will have to give it 5-10 minutes before it heats up optimally. 

Warranty and Customer Service

We have to commend Necteck's customer service - it is by far one of the best we have ever encountered and that is saying a lot. 

nekteck massager

They responded quickly to any questions asked and help resolve the problem, even guiding you step by step if you have any queries regarding the operation of the device.

If you have read our electric foot massager reviews, you will know that customer service, besides warranty period, is a huge indicator of a product's quality. In this regard, you have nothing to worry about.

Speaking of warranty, this one here offers 12 months for any workmanship or material defect where either a replacement or repair will be provided.

Our Verdict 

Perhaps the biggest and most common surprise one gets with the Nekteck Foot Massager is how superior it performs when it is almost half the price (or more) of some of the more well-known and best rated foot massager in the market. 


Understandably so, that not many have too high an expectation initially considering its price point and fairly simple design appearance but this heated foot massager surely surpasses many's expectations, in a good way. 

nekteck foot massager with heat

It may not have many features, for one, it doesn't provide any compression and doesn't massage the calf, therefore it isn't one of the best foot calf massager around but for what it is, it does an amazing job - relaxing muscles, easing tensions and regulating blood flow.


These are all that you need really, if your main problem is a condition like plantar fasciitis. And because of that, we think it is one of the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis that we will highly recommend to anyone.

Specifications


Product Name

Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat

Product Brand

Nekteck

Product Size

15.8 x 14.2 x 3.2 inches

Product Weight

7.63 pounds

What's Included

Nekteck foot massager with built-in adaptor, User manual

Warranty

1 year



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MedMassager Foot Calf Massager Review

MedMassager Therapeutic Foot Calf Massager

You may have seen the MedMassager MMF06 Foot Calf Massager being mentioned in many 'best foot massager reviews'.

Yes, it is one of the best electric foot massager in the market but more so, we think it does an exceptional job especially in being a foot massager for plantar fasciitis. Here's why. 

What We Like 

  • 11 massage speed
  • Cater to calves
  • Used by experts in the field

What We Don't 

  • May slip on smooth surface
  • Steep price tag

Before anything, we think it's worthwhile to introduce a little more about the brand. You will then see better where we are coming from to say that this is one of the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis.

About MedMassager

Founded over 70 years ago and still family-owned and operated, MedMassager is certified with the FDA Class 1 "therapeutic massager for physical medicine".  

med massager logo

The brand recognises that the doctor-patient relationship is changing in this informed era of freely available information and treatment plans. It thereby is driven to bring products to the market that allow everyone to safely and effectively manage their body, circulation and pain issues at the comfort of their own home. 

The result? Produced some of the best medical massage units available today for in-home therapy amongst which the MMF06 Foot Massager continues to be the brand's bestselling massage unit.

Not just that, but MedMassager is used by doctors and chiropractors across the world, proving to be an indispensable tool providing optimal and effective aid in practice clinics, large and small. 

Let's now look at how the MMF06 Foot Massager works.

Features and Programs

First of all, you may notice that it does not look quite the same as your ordinary foot massager. 

MedMassager Therapeutic MMF06 Foot Massager

Yup, instead of the usual foot pockets or compartments, MedMassager is made up of a full-sized oscillating foot pad that has pressure points on it to target the surface of your feet.

Like such. Very simple looking, but oh-so-effective.

How it works is that instead of the traditional pounding effect most traditional foot massagers are subjected to, it uses an 'oscillating' motion to mimic a masseuse's hands to stimulate circulation and bring oxygenated blood to the area. 

When happens from this vibration-like motion is that nerves are stimulated to reduce nerve pain, ease aches and eliminate numbness and tightness. 

The philosophy behind is actually not that complicated - when circulation is improved, tension and pain naturally are relieved. 

However, just this method itself is not sufficient to make the MedMassager such a best rated foot massager.

It is with the combination of its groundbreaking 11 speed, ranging from 1000-3700rpm that makes it such a top foot massager in the market. 

MedMassager Foot Massager 11 speed

You see, with the MedMassager, speed dictates the massage intensity. With as much as 11 speed to select from, you can choose your ideal speed setting as per your sensitivity.

We suggest starting on a low speed first before slowly increasing it over time as your body responds to the therapy.  

Speaking of which, you can tailor it to your therapeutic regimen to your specific needs - you don't have to settle or compromise over one constant speed. If a particular area needs more intensity, increase the speed.

This is particularly prominent for plantar fasciitis sufferers because you'd want more pressure around the heel and arch area.  

Design

One might think there's not much to talk about with a design like that of the MedMassager. Quite the opposite, in fact. The foot pad has more than what you'd imagine going on for it.

First of all, it is not just a foot massager - it is a foot and calf massager, too. How so, you may ask? 

MedMassager calf massager

Just tilt the massager forward (as pictured left) and you will be able to lay your calf on top of it.

That's the genius behind the overall design of the MedMassager. You do not need to attach anything else, just tilt it forward or backward for different areas.

When laid on the floor, its ergonomic design places it at an angle that is most comfortable while receiving the maximum possible therapeutic benefit.

It is meant to be used on the floor while you sit on a chair so unlike the Cloud Massage, you cannot lay it flat on the bed.

MedMassager arch bar

One thing that we want to bring to your attention is the 'arch bar'. You may not notice it at a glance, but there is this arch rail thing on top of the foot pad, as pictured left. 

This is for when you want added stimulation for the toes, arch and heel. Just place the position of your foot requiring additional attention on top of it to get a more intense sensation.

Given that the heel and arch are the primary problem areas for conditions like plantar fasciitis, now can you see why we say the MedMassager is the best foot massage machine for plantar fasciitis?

But it's not just for that only. This electric foot massager is found to aid in alleviating symptoms associated with:

  • Diabetes
  • Neuropathy
  • Restless Syndrom (RLS)
  • Knee pain
  • Heel spurs
  • Foot pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Pain in the toes
  • Calf pain... and more

Here's a quick guide on how to use the MedMassager for different ailment:

MedMassager user guide

Don't worry, it comes with a user manual and DVD featuring step by step techniques on how to maximize your machine’s usefulness.

Another design feature that makes the MedMassager stands out amongst its peers is that there is no limitation to foot size. The oversized foot plate can literally accommodate everyone, up to US men's size 17. Now that's convenient!

And due to the oscillating action, it doesn't matter if you use it with or without shoes. The massage will be equally effective but yes, you are able to wear your socks or even shoes when using the MedMassager Foot Calf Massager.

Things to Note

Having said the above, the MedMassager is not without any shortcomings.

You have to put it on a hard and firm surface with a rug or something underneath if you use it on wooden or ceramic flooring because the machine may slide around otherwise - yes, its intensity is THAT powerful.

Also, it is NOT a heated foot massager which really, isn't that big a problem because the oscillating effect will increase your circulation. Without long you will feel the whole of your body, especially the feet, all warmed up.  

Our Verdict

MedMassager foot calf massager

Overall, we think the MedMassager MMF06 Foot and Calf Massager definitely lives up to its name being the best home foot massager.


From a therapeutic perspective, it certainly does more than the usual foot calf massagers so even though it may not be the usual shiatsu foot massager with heat, it does an incredible job in relieving pain associated with plantar fasciitis and the likes. 


It is quite expensive if we are to compare it with say, a bed bath and beyond foot massager but if you suffer from chronic pain in the foot region, we think this is worth the extra money paid. 

Specifications


Product Name

MMF06 Foot Calf Massager

Product Brand

MedMassager

Product Size

16 x 12 x 9.5 inches

Product Weight

11 pounds

What's Included

Foot massager, power adapter, user manual, DVD

Warranty

1 year (additional extended warranties available)



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Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager Review

Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

There are many reasons as to why we think the Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager is the best foot massage machine for plantar fasciitis.

Not just that, but it is an excellent foot and calf massager overall.

What We Like 

  • 5 massage settings
  • Varying intensity levels
  • Cater to calves

What We Don't 

  • Bulkier than other foot massagers for plantar fasciitis
  • Slightly steep price tag

When it comes to looking for an electric foot massager for plantar fasciitis, one key essential item to look at is how well it fares up in the feet area specifically.

This is because plantar fasciitis targets the bottom of the foot - the heels area, to be specific - so it is important that this part receives particular attention from a massager to get some kind of relief and comfort. [To understand more on what plantar fasciitis entails, you may want to read this.]

In that regard, the Cloud Massage does a great job.

Specifications


Product Name

Sole Solutions Shiatsu Foot Massager

Product Brand

Cloud Massage

Product Size

22 x 11 x 17.7 inches

Product Weight

22 pounds

What's Included

Sole Solutions shiatsu foot massager, power adapter, manual

Warranty

5 years

Features and Programs 

First of all, despite having an open design, it has a heel pouch for you to place your feet in so that you can be sure you've placed your feet in the correct position. 

Cloud Massage settings

Then, it uses a combination of shiatsu rolling massage techniques and air compression therapy to give your feet a delicious massage. 

In particular, the foot rollers give a deep tissue massage at the feet and heel area, and you can feel the arches of your feet being stretched by the machine. 

For plantar fasciitis sufferers, this is exactly what you'd want from your massager.

On top of these, your feet get to be wrapped in a tight squeeze by the machine's air compression technology which is an extremely soothing sensation, especially to those who have been on their feet for the whole day.

To be a top foot massager, one indispensable feature is heat. This is because heat helps with increasing blood flow to the affected areas, thereby making it more effective in easing muscle tension and pain.

The Cloud Massage is no exception.

Cloud Massage plantar fasciitis

So apart from plantar fasciitis, people with feet conditions like diabetic neuropathy, heel spurs and swelling will find great relief with this shiatsu foot massager with heat.

Even if it's just after a strenuous workout session or if your work requires you to spend long hours on your feet, this foot massager will be able to help you relax and soothe the strained muscles. 

What really stood out to us though, is the massage intensity and strength this unit here provides.

The intensity it kneads at is comparable to that of a pair of human hands which really, is what most plantar fasciitis sufferers need to get the pain relief they want. 

Of course, too high a pressure may not suit everyone, which is why this foot massager has 3 levels of intensity for you to choose.

We suggest using the lowest setting first - you will feel slight soreness after an initial massage after the first few uses - that is normal, once you've gotten used to it, only then you increase the intensity gradually. 

Design

Compared to other foot massagers for plantar fasciitis, the Cloud Massage certainly does look quite different. For one, it is slightly bigger in size.

You see, these other plantar-fasciitis-targeting foot massagers primarily massage the feet only so every device more or less is of the same shape (and size).

For the Cloud Massage though, it caters to calf massages as well so naturally, it has a bulkier design.

Cloud Massage adjustable bar

Yup, this best rated foot massager is able to also massage the calves as well. 

Thanks to the brand's innovative design whereby an adjustable bar is integrated in its overall design, you can place the massager in multiple positions when you need to massage different areas. 

For example, lay the bar flat and you can massage your calves comfortably on the bed.

Otherwise, set it up at an angle and enjoy a calf massage while seated on your couch/chair.

The multiple angles you can set the foot massager up also means that you can find the optimum position for your feet massages, depending on where your aches were.  

Cloud Massage adjustable bar design
Cloud Massage calf angle

Although generally bigger than most foot massagers for plantar fasciitis, the Cloud Massage is still smaller (and lighter) than a standard foot and calf massager which is why it is such a popular choice even outside the plantar fasciitis group.  

Another thing we like about its design is that you do not have to worry about fit. You see, one of the features to look at when selecting the best foot massager for yourself is size capacity. 

For those with particularly big feet, this is a step you should not ignore. Even more so if you're looking at close-toe design foot massagers. 

With the Cloud Massage, because it employs an open-toed design, this poses less of a problem in terms of fit.

It is thus able to fit most foot sizes for men and women, though it is still worthy to note that the foot/calf area has a width of 5" and length of 11" (measured with air pressure cuffs deflated).

(For a true size-worry-free foot massager for plantar fasciitis, this option will be right up your alley.)

Warranty & Service

You know how we often say warranty and customer service are two aspects to gauge a product's quality?

Though not conclusive, one can presume the longer a period of warranty is offered, the better quality a product is because it goes to show that the manufacturer is very confident with its product. 

The Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager offers a whopping 5 year warranty, with full refund or replacement provided if you are not satisfied with your order. When the usual is 1-2 years, we think this is a foot massager you can trust and rely on its durability. 

Our Verdict

Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

So yes, if you are wondering what is the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis, or any foot ailment actually, the Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager is an excellent choice to consider. 


It may be pricier than other models recommended in some foot massager reviews but we think it is worth the money. In any case, you get to massage other areas as well and not just the feet. 


If your plantar fasciitis condition isn't too severe, chances are, you may see significant improvements in as short as a week, with some saying the pain just goes away in two weeks.


Want to take a look at some other options? This foot massager review article will take you through some of the best foot massage machine for plantar fasciitis.



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Best Foot Massagers for Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Massager for Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common orthopedic complaints, plantar fasciitis has (and continues to) plagued so many of our population.

It is quite ... disruptive to our daily lives to say the least, because the pain sensation that it causes is something most of us cannot ignore.

Amongst the numerous treatment and soothing options that are available, foot massaging is one common avenue most people turn to for fast and efficient pain relief. Which explains the surge of foot massagers in the market because they make the whole process so much more easier and convenient.

The thing is, not every foot massagers fit the bill when it comes to addressing plantar fasciitis.

We will explain this further in detail below but while the internet is not short of foot massager reviews, not many really shortlist which particular ones address the plantar fasciitis condition specifically.

This article will deal with just that - exploring what are the top foot massagers that deal with a condition like this.  


Top 10 Best Foot Massager for Plantar Fasciitis - A Comparison Chart

Size: 22 x 11 x 17.7 inches

Weight: 22 pounds

Technique: Knead, Heat, Air Compression, Vibration 

Application: Feet, Legs, Calves, Toes, Ankles

Editor's Rating:                      (4.5/5.0) 

Size: 16 x 12 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 11 pounds

Technique: Vibration 

Application: Feet, Heels, Calves, Toes, Ankles

Editor's Rating:                      (4.4/5.0) 

Size: 15.8 x 14.2 x 3.2 inches

Weight: 7.63 pounds

Technique: Heat, Shiatsu Rolling 

Application: Feet, Heels, Toes

Editor's Rating:                      (4.5/5.0) 

Renpho Foot Massager

Size: 16.8 x 15.3 x 9.8 inches

Weight: 10.5 pounds

Technique: Heat, Kneading, Shiatsu, Air Compression 

Application: Feet, Heels

Editor's Rating:                      (4.4/5.0) 

Snailax Shiatsu Foot Massager

Size: TBC

Weight: 13.2 pounds

Technique: Heat, Kneading, Shiatsu, Air Compression 

Application: Feet, Heels

Editor's Rating:                      (4.4/5.0) 

osito medic foot massager

Size: TBC

Weight: 5.4 pounds

Technique: EMS, TENS Unit technology 

Application: Feet, Calves, Ankles, Legs, Hips, Lower Back, Shoulder, Waist

Editor's Rating:                      (4.3/5.0) 

homedics triple action foot massager

Size: 14.5 x 13.5 x 4.5 inches

Weight: 6.8 pounds

Technique: Heat, Shiatsu Rolling 

Application: Feet, Heels, Toes

Editor's Rating:                      (4.2/5.0) 

Arealer Foot Massager

Size: 14.2 x 8.7 x 16.5 inches

Weight: 7 pounds

Technique: Heat, Shiatsu, Air Compression  

Application: Feet, Heels, Ankles

Editor's Rating:                      (4.2/5.0) 

Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager

Size: 17.6 x 16.9 x 9.9 inches

Weight: 13.07 pounds

Technique: Knead, Heat, Shiatsu Rolling, Air Compression 

Application: Feet, Toes, Ankles

Editor's Rating:                      (4.4/5.0) 

Triducna Shiatsu Foot Massager

Size: 13.3 x 8.5 x 6.9 inches

Weight: 10.2 pounds

Technique: Knead, Heat, Shiatsu Rolling, Air Compression 

Application: Feet, Toes, Ankles

Editor's Rating:                      (4.3/5.0) 


Top 10 Best Foot Massager for Plantar Fasciitis - Review

Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager

The Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager is regarded by many to be the best foot massage machine for plantar fasciitis. We couldn't agree more.

For one, it offers one of the best deep tissue massage we can ever find in a foot massager.

Not just that, but one that is of the right intensity required for excellent plantar fasciitis relief. With a design versatility that allows it to also massage the calf, it is considered one of the best electric foot massager for foot ailments like diabetic neuropathy, heel spurs and the likes ... continue reading here

Pros

  • Deep kneading shiatsu massage
  • Heat, air compression, vibration
  • Versatile bar design for multiple positions
  • Adjustable angle for comfort
  • Fit most sizes
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Cons

  • Pricier than other foot massagers (but worth every penny!)
MedMassager Therapeutic MMF06 Foot Massager

Quite different from the Cloud Massage from a design perspective, the MedMassager Therapeutic MMF06 Foot Calf Massager is another unit considered to be the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis. 

Not just that, but for those with conditions like neuropathy and heel spurs too.

One thing that always gets associated with the MedMassager is its POWER. If you are at the lookout for a strong foot massage, you will not be disappointed with this one here. You can even wear your socks or shoes when using it - it is that powerful. Find out what else it does here ...

Pros

  • Powerful with 11 speed (1000-3700 rpm range) 
  • Can be used with or without shoes
  • Full-sized oscillating foot pad included
  • Arch bar for added stimulation 
  • Used by doctors and chiropractors
  • Oversize foot plate cater up to men's size 17

Cons

  • No heat 
  • May slide on smooth surface
  • Pricier than other foot massagers
Nekteck Foot Massager

Now, who doesn't like a good bargain?

One of the most affordable electric foot massager, the Nekteck Foot Massager is no stranger in any foot massager review. This is easily one of the best rated foot massager ever under the $100 price point.

Featuring 6 massage heads with 18 rotating massager nodes, this foot massager is able to reach every part of the foot. It especially gets to the heels, which makes it the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis. The heat can be turned on and off according to preference, and continue reading here ...

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • 6 massage heads with 18 rotating massager
  • 3 levels adjustable height 
  • Portable and easy operation
  • Manual heating function - can be switched off if desire
  • Excellent customer service 

Cons

  • May not work well if feet arches are too high
Renpho Foot Massager

One thing with close-toe designed foot massagers is that it may not fit those with larger feet. 

If you happen to have bigger feet and had trouble finding a foot massager that fits, you will be very happy with the RENPHO Shiatsu Home Foot Massager.

This, is the best electric shiatsu foot massager for large feet.

Fitting up to a men's size of 12, this shiatsu foot massager with heat will be able to fit most people with its enlarge foot rooms. Equipped with rotation balls and rolling stick, the RENPHO offers some of the best deep kneading shiatsu foot massage.

Pros

  • Adjustable massage and squeeze intensity
  • Can control kneading and air compression separately 
  • 15/30 minutes automatic timer 
  • Detachable cloth cover 
  • Fits most people 

Cons

  • Takes a while to heat up 
Snailax Shiatsu Foot Massager

The Snailax Shiatsu Foot Massager reflects the RENPHO in many way - both have closed-toe designs, both offer very similar types of foot massage and both are within the same price point (with this one here being slightly cheaper).

However, if the former is catered to the larger feet market, the Snailax is exactly the opposite - it is the best foot massager for the petites.

Now, do not think that just because one has smaller feet, any foot massager will do since well, you can definitely fit in it, isn't it? That's not the case.

If your feet is too small for what a foot massager is designed for, you may find certain parts of your feet not getting the massage it requires. The Snailax is one that prevents that from happening, if you happen to have small feet.

Pros

  • Adjustable massage and squeeze intensity
  • Can control kneading and air compression separately 
  • 15/30 minutes automatic timer 
  • Detachable cloth cover 
  • Fits most people 

Cons

  • Takes a while to heat up 
osito medic foot massager

You could probably already tell from its design, but the OSITO Foot Circulation Plus Medic Foot Massager is not your typical foot massager.

Instead of going for the usual vibration, kneading or shiatsu techniques, this one here employs the EMS and TENS Unit technology. But

One of the most advanced and popular treatment option, it adopts what's called an electrical stimulation therapy - the sending of micro current impulse to neuromuscular for feet and body treatment. Not quite sure what that meant? Find out more about this FDA-cleared foot medical device here ...

Pros

  • Can be used on other parts of the body besides feet
  • FDA-approved Class II Medical Device
  • Electrical stimulation therapy - the most advanced and popular treatment currently 
  • Infrared remote controller 
  • No noise 
  • Great customer service 

Cons

  • Not for everyone i.e. pregnant, DVT, cardiac pacemaker etc.
homedics triple action foot massager

A Homedics shiatsu foot massager is a staple in any best foot massager reviews but in this instance, we think its Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager, out of all its other models, is the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis.

This is because it has triple rotational heads (18 powerful nodes in total) to provide heated deep kneading shiatsu massage along the length of your feet.

If you have arthritis in addition to plantar fasciitis, this is even better because the flat open-design means your feet need not be compressed.

Pros

  • Circular kneading shiatsu massage
  • Very affordable and lightweight
  • Optional heat 
  • Large platform design accommodates any size
  • Toe-touch operation design
  • Breathable mesh design 
  • 1 year full warranty 

Cons

  • Does not suit people with high feet arches
  • Heat is pretty weak
  • Cannot control speed of the rollers
Arealer Foot Massager

For those that are particular about heat, the Arealer Shiatsu Foot Massager will be right up your alley. 

This is because this one here, contrary to its many competitors, offers two temperature levels for you to choose.

You see, when it comes to foot massagers,  the heat function of the majority is actually not very strong. 

Although heat is included in most models, many actually find that the temperature provided is rather insignificant. Yet some people may not like too much a heat. The Arealer caters to just that with its dual settings, with temperature accuracy up to 1 °C. 

Pros

  • Deep kneading massage nodes 
  • 5 levels of pressure 
  • 2 levels of heat intensity 
  • Removable feet sleeve 
  • Touch button + remote control 

Cons

  • Short warranty period (6 months)
Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager

Next up, we have the Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager. If you have been doing your research, you will see that this unit comes up pretty often in many foot massager reviews.

Understandably so, given this little device here is one of the cheapest and most affordable foot massager in the market.

In a closed-toe design, the Miko covers the entire feet, arch, sides and ankles and if you have a high arch at your feet, this foot massager is particularly suitable for you.

Pros

  • Kneading, shiatsu, heat, air compression
  • Very affordable
  • Auto shut-off timer & overheating temperature control
  • Wireless remote (2 provided)
  • Washable foot liners for hygiene upkeep
  • 1 year full warranty 

Cons

  • Not recommended for small feet
  • Takes awhile to heat up 
  • Inconsistent air pressure
Triducna Shiatsu Foot Massager

Last but not least, it is the Triducna Shiatsu Foot Massager that we want to talk about.

We like this electric foot massager because it is one of the most flexible unit ever that offers fully customizable massages.

By that we mean all the functions can be used separately. 

Not only do they operate independently (meaning you can switch one mode off and have just the other, or have both together), you get to also select different levels of intensity AND pressure for each massage function.

Pros

  • All functions can be used separately
  • 3 intensity levels
  • 3 level air compression
  • Washable foot sleeves
  • 15/30 minutes auto shut off timer 
  • 30-day money back guarantee & 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Noise
  • Heat is quite mild

Plantar Fasciitis - Explained

Definition

So, what exactly is 'plantar fasciitis'?

We'll have to get a bit technical here, bear with us. 

'Fasciitis' actually means the "inflammation of the fascia". Fascia, is the connective tissue surrounding muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Plantar fasciitis is therefore, the "inflammation of the plantar fascia" which causes stiffness and pain in the heel

plantar fasciitis illustration

Have a look at the illustration left. See where the plantar fascia is?

This is a thick, weblike ligament that is made of collagen. It connects your heel to the front of your foot and supports the arch of your foot, acting as a shock absorber and helping you to walk.

As you can think of then, your plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life.

Now, normal walking may not cause too much of a concern, but if too much pressure is put on your feet, it can damage or tear these ligaments. 

When this happens, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and such inflammation causes heel pain - because the whole part is all connected.

So if we are to put it very simply, plantar fasciitis means a condition that causes pain at the bottom of your heel.

Who Gets It

While it is a type of injury that tends to target avid hikers and runners, that is not necessarily always the case.

runner high heels plantar fasciitis

Anyone (and not just the middle-aged) can develop it if there is a sudden increase in training mileage, or if you wear worn running shoes or run on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. Wearing high heels all day then switching to flat running shoes can also lead to plantar fasciitis.  

The severity of it varies according to individuals but you shouldn't neglect it. Truth be told, the pain will only become worse by the day if you don’t address the problem. It can be quite a stubborn condition so do not underestimate it. 

How Do I Know If I Have It

Having said that, just because you feel some kind of pain on your foot doesn't necessarily mean that you have plantar fasciitis. 

But one major complaint plantar fasciitis sufferers have is pain at the bottom of the heel. Sometimes, it is at the bottom mid-foot area. Whilst most only have it on one foot, it can affect both feet for some people.

plantar fasciitis area of pain

The pain is like a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel. It develops gradually over time and the pain can be dull or sharp but once the area is warmed up, it tends to fade.

Which means you won't usually feel it during the activity, bur rather, just after stopping. For example, when you start to run, you may feel this sharp jab of pain initially but after awhile, you don't feel it anymore until after you've stopped, the pain returns again. 

plantar fasciitis pain in the morning

Another telling sign is the moment you first step out of bed in the morning. You feel this sudden strain on the bottom of your foot which turn into, again, pain in the heel or arch.

The same sensation can also happen if say, you have been sitting or lying down for a while and then you get up to walk. 

So yes, if you feel a sharp stab or deep ache described as above, chances are, you may have plantar fasciitis.

Nevertheless, the best way to know for sure is to consult a doctor for a definite diagnose so that you can get the right treatment.


How A Foot Massager Help In The Recovery Process

There are a few things you can do to treat plantar fasciitis, amongst them, foot massage continues to be one popular option many go for to deal with the heel pain.

plantar fasciitis massage

This is because not only does it provide quite an instant relief, it is also one of the safest method given it is all natural, so you do not have to worry about any potential side effects as is the case with countertop medications. 

Here's the philosophy behind:

  • Loosen tight muscles and tendons - since plantar fasciitis is essentially a repetitive strain injury to the fibrous tissue on the underside of the foot, massage (especially deep tissue) loosen and stretch tendons, ligaments and fascia that have become painfully tight over time, helping them relax back into their normal posture.
  • Increases circulation - regulate and distribute blood cells throughout the entire body while redirecting potentially harmful cells to specific parts of the body for removal.
  • Break down adhesions and scarring - temporarily diminish the pain signals from nerve endings.
  • Stimulate blood flow - blood flow is actually low in the lower part of the body, especially in the proximity of the feet so massaging the feet will optimize circulation in this lower extremity of the body. This makes a significance difference not just in plantar fasciitis sufferers but also people who suffer from diabetes.

You can massage using your own hands, or you can use a foot massager which, in our opinion, is easier and more convenient.

Note that what we are saying is that massage helps one deals with the heel pain effectively. Such pain relief can be felt rather instantaneously, but it is important to remember that this is just temporary. 

Foot massage does NOT heal plantar fasciitis per se - for full recovery, you will need to treat the underlying cause of it. Each case is different for each individual so it's best to seek professional help in that regard.

It is important to keep this in mind so as not to have any unrealistic expectations from foot massagers, but if you are to ask us whether massage helps in the recovery process? The answer is a definite "yes" - it certainly is more effective than simply resting your feet.


Not Every Foot Massager Is Suitable for Plantar Fasciitis - Why?

While foot massagers generally rejuvenate the feet and legs, not every foot massager suits when it comes to targeting plantar fasciitis.

foot massager plantar fasciitis

You see, this condition targets the heel and arch of the feet specifically. You will want to get massagers with attention that is placed on the foot area

Getting a foot and calf massager that targets the entire leg (or calf) may not be of much help in this case because you need something that focuses on the target areas - the heel and arch. 

Also, the intensity of a unit is another issue to factor in when selecting an electric foot massager for plantar fasciitis. You do not want to get something that is too intense, yet something too soft will fail to address the problem altogether. 

heel spurs pain area

And when your feet are overly sensitive, or if you also suffer from arthritis, all the more you should put extra care into choosing one that isn't too harsh on its operation.

You may want to consider a foot spa massager in this regard, as the soothing water sensation brings an extra layer of comfort .

So yes, although foot massagers provide a range of benefits, extra attention should be paid when choosing one for plantar fasciitis to make sure you get the relief you expect.

Our foot massager review above has done all the hard work for you by filtering out those that do not do much from a plantar fasciitis therapy perspective, so that should hopefully make choosing your ideal foot massager for plantar fasciitis an easier process.



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