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How To Choose The Best Foot Spa Massager

So, even though all foot bath machines seem more or less similar in terms of the technologies they use to provide a massage, or the functions that they offer, there is actually no two identical models no matter how similar they may appear, as you may seen from our foot massager review here.

Given that, how do you choose one that is the best foot spa massager for yourself? In the following guide, we will present some of the most useful features home foot spas have, and how they can benefit you.

Go through them and you will be able to deduce which ones are a MUST, a necessity for you and which others are probably not so essential, ones that you can pass. 


What to Look For When Buying A Home Foot Spa Massager 

1. Ease of Use

So while there isn't too much a complexity involved when it comes to using a foot spa massager, there are still a few things to consider. For one, how's the portability of the unit? 

Some models have limited portability whereby all they have is a simple bucket handle, while others are much more superior with their lockable casters. Some don't even come with a handle so this is certainly one aspect to consider, given you will need to move your spa massager at some point to empty its content. 

foot spa massager drain hose

Speaking of which, whether or not it comes with a drainage system is another point to consider. 

If you have trouble lifting heavy objects, this is particularly important.

What it does is that it allows you to just pull the basin next to a drain and empty the water via the drain hose. Definitely a must-have feature in terms of ease of use if you'd ask us!

Then there are smaller details like whether or not it has a splash guard or a basin cover. If you are getting a shallow foot spa, the former will make all the difference as it limits the amount of water getting spilled. The latter, on the other hand, ensures the tub is always covered so that dusts and other particles are kept at bay. 

A display screen is also helpful as it lets you set the water temperature as well as see other settings.

2. Size

Arguably this may be the most important criterion to consider first because it doesn't mean anything if you can't fit in one. 

Fortunately, most foot spa massagers nowadays have rather generous sizing, with some accommodating even up to a men's size of 15 to 17, so chances are you will most likely fit in any models that you get. 

Instead, you should probably focus on the depth of the foot spa massager itself because this is what that will make a difference. 

Giantex Foot Spa Massager
foot massager deep tub

Shallow tubs: water level in these barely cover the feet when you're massaging them on the rollers.

Some may reach your ankle but most will not. Spa massagers with manual rollers are common models of this type. It is great for people who cannot pick up heavy objects or those that do not like to soak their feet unless absolutely necessary.

Deep tubs: these have two types of depth - medium where the water will cover both feet and ankles or deeper, where even the calf (half the length of it at least) will get a soak.

Depending on your preference, both are ideal for people who spend long hours on their feet. These are more commonly found in foot bath massagers with motorized rollers

3. Features

Of course, you must consider what features you want for your spa massager. The most common has to be heat function. To us, this is almost an indispensable function because heat improves the benefits of foot massage by two to three folds (see benefits described below). 

When it comes to heat though, not all foot massagers implement it the same way. The cheaper models will use a small heating element to keep temperature at a constant degree, but they don't actually do any heating. You'll need to pour in hot water first. 

heated foot spa

The better ones are those that are capable of warming up the water. This way, you don't need to constantly top up hot water every interval. But you will need to manually switch off the heater once in a while because it will otherwise heat the water continuously and it can get a tad too hot.

The best ones though, are those that come with a thermostat. Not only does this allow you to choose the water temperature you want it heats up to, it is able to make sure the temperature stay constant throughout the massage session. 

Another important feature we'd highly recommend is bubbles and jets. They may be simple features, but they make foot massages so much better.

bubbles massage

They increase the stimulation at acupuncture points (especially at the soles of the feet) for the optimal spa effect and the soothing bubbling sound offer a relaxing sensation as well. 

If this is what you like, take note if they offer a powerful jet that produces many bubbles as there are some that produce only a few of bubbles that won’t make much difference. 

Other aspects to look at include whether or not the model is compatible with foot care products i.e. does it have a compartment for you to put your bath salt/herbs/essential oil? Without one it could clog the machine.

Also, you may want one that is completely collapsible for storage if space is an issue for you? 

4. Price and Durability 

Last but not least, price and durability. 

Now, you might find this strange, especially if you have read our other massage reviews where we often say 'getting the most expensive product does not necessarily mean you are getting the best', but in the case of foot spa massagers, it is however a situation where price and quality (or durability) are related. 

We find that high-end models are much more durable than cheaper counterparts, mainly because they use better and thicker plastic components comparatively and are often multi-layered. 

Also, pricier foot spa massagers offer much more features and programs and most of them have easy-to-use control panel as well as a digital display. 

If these are not of significance to you, perhaps knowing that the more expensive models have a thermostat and at least one security features, such as multi-insulation protection and double overheating protection, might change your mind about getting a higher-end foot spa massager.

Having said that, by no means we are saying all cheap foot spas are bad. They still get the job done and if you look after them well, they too can last a very long time. You  can still get models that heat up the water, for example, though it's likely that they do not have thermostat function.


7 Foot Spa Benefits You May Not Know Of

Our feet bear more burdens than any other body parts in our daily life. This is why they are often and easily associated with stiffness, soreness and spasms. 

It could be from under pressure from wearing high-heel shoes all the time, or it could be from standing for long hours because of one's job requirement.

To make matters worse, the lack of regular exercise due to busy work and life intensify the pain and discomfort. 

foot spa benefit

As our feet are connected with the rest of our body parts through the nerve system, it isn't just the feet but other areas of our body too, suffer from soreness and discomfort. 

So foot care - it is not actually just for the foot per se. It is an indispensable element vital in maintaining our overall full body health. And among all that's available, foot massage (or foot spa) is one great option to incorporate into one's daily regime.

Here are 6 of the most prominent benefits often associated with foot spa massages:

1. Increases Circulation

Notice how after every foot spa session, you seem to feel better and lighter? This is because your blood circulation has been stimulated and increased. 

Most foot bath massagers have rollers that are designed to provide stimulating massages to the sole, and if you don't already know, our sole has a lot of acupuncture points that are firmly related to different organs.

foot massage acupuncture spots

For example, points that connect to the brain, eyes, ears, lung, stomach, heart, and lower body glands.

Massaging the right spot either manually or automatically by shiatsu massage rollers can improve each organ's performance substantially i.e. the kidney being more energised, the liver for better filtration. 

If your foot bath machine comes with infrared light, it's even better as the heat can be absorbed by the superficial tissues of the feet which then further enhance blood circulation to eliminate any swelling of the foot, reduce fatigue and promote body regeneration. 

2. Relieves Fatigue and Discomfort 

Continuing the effects of the above, when fatigue and discomfort are relieved, it leads to the reduction or elimination of headaches and flus.

You see, these ailments are often plagued with fatigue. When we suffer from these, our heads become congested. A warm foot spa helps open up the foot vessels and stimulate the nerve endings, thereby relieving any discomfort caused from a cold. Keeping your feet soaked in warm water can improve immunity as well. 

foot spa relieves fatigue

People with foot and joint pain stemming from arthritis will find that foot spa helps relieve their discomfort.

Not just that, but pinched nerves, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, tendonitis and turf toe sufferers will also experience significant improvement to their conditions.

3. Eliminates Toxins

Our life is full of toxins, be it from the air we breathe or in the food we eat. They then accumulate in the kidneys, liver and fat cells in our body and to be honest,  it's quite impossible to avoid them, given the day and age we live in.

But there are things we can do to eliminate them out from our body. 

foot detoxification

Using a foot spa regularly is one such way. It helps detoxify our body by removing toxins out from our kidney and liver.

A foot spa mixed with proper spa salt added, assists in the whole process twofolds. 

This is why we always recommend getting a foot spa massager with a medicine box incorporated because contrary to belief, not all foot tubs are suitable to add in these spa additions as doing so may clog up the machine etc.

So yes, foot detoxification is one great benefit of foot spas. Not only does it help the body maintain a balanced pH, it also strengthens your immune system as well as remove the barrier to weight loss, in addition to help getting rid of acne and wrinkles. 

benefits of foot spa
4. Reduces Depression and Anxiety

This is a chain-like effect. We all agree that a foot spa is an indulgence, one that makes you feel calm and relaxed at the end of it.

But what's not apparent to many is its effects in decreasing or completely getting rid of tension, anger, confusion, hostility and anxiety - all negative emotions that make one prone to depression. 

foot spa insomnia

Incidentally, when you're physically and mentally well, your sleep quality improves.

This is because one's physical and mental condition is something that greatly influences one's sleep architecture, which is why foot spa session has found to be a great aid to those suffering from frequent insomnia. 

To ensure maximum effect though, it is advisable that you go for a heated foot massager because the warm water helps increases skin temperature, which then elevate your body temperature thereby doubling the effect of any stress and tension relief. 

5. Softens and Beautifies the Feet

This may be more of a superficial kind but nonetheless one benefit that no one will resist. 

foot spa remove dead skin

A simple 20 minute soak after every foot-fatiguing day will not only relieve any pain or discomfort but also help soften tough, dry skin as well as remove any dead skin, corns, calluses, peeling or scaling areas to overall beautify your feet.

You do need to get a foot bath massager that comes with at least a pumice stone to enjoy such benefit though. 

The ACEVIVI and the Misiki are some excellent options, with the former even being an automatic rotating one.

Taking it one step further, you can even get one that comes with a handheld callus remover, an all-in-one package.  

6. Stamps Out Stress

Very much like depression and anxiety, using a foot spa can also lower your stress level. As accumulated tension is relieved from your feet, so does your stress. You will feel much more calmed and relaxed at the end of a foot massage session - try it if you don't believe us. Submerging your feet in warm water truly does wonders. 

And by now, you should know that the soles are covered in different nerve points. A simple foot spa session will stimulate these nerves to ease any headaches or migraines and when you have fewer headaches, naturally, you'll feel less stressful too.  


Wrapping Up 

home foot spa

So yes, indulging in a foot spa session is not just pampering for the feet. It is also an integration of the body, soul and mind for the overall achievement of a relaxed and refreshed self.

You can go to a spa or massage centre to enjoy the benefits of foot spa, or you can buy a foot spa massager to enjoy it anytime at the comfort of your own home. The former will be quite a tedious, not to mention costly, task in the long run so getting a foot spa machine seems to be the wise way to go.

Just imagine getting a hot foot bath after a long day's work before tucking into bed - ah, the bliss!



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Foot Pain 101 – All Myths Answered (Incl. How to Treat Them)

Do you constantly feel pain on your foot? Sometimes, it comes and goes. Other times, it stays for awhile.

No matter what the cause and how long it may last, foot pain can be debilitating to an active lifestyle. Because no matter how mild, you just can’t ignore it - pain is one sensation that you simply cannot just ‘block out’.

To tackle them, you need to first identify what it is, and what’s causing it. Before anything though, it’s worthwhile to first understand the foot anatomy.


Understanding The Foot Anatomy

anatomy of the foot

Now, we wouldn’t go too technical into the medical details but the foot, as you can see, is one of the most complex parts of the body.

Made up of 26 bones connected by multiple joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, excess strain on any of these areas will cause pain, inflammation or injury.

In particular, these parts are more susceptible to stresses leading to foot pain:

foot pain and sore feet
  • Toes
  • Heels
  • Arches
  • Sole

Such pain can range from mild to severe, and it may last just a short while or be an ongoing issue.

Regardless, once strikes, they can result in limited movement and mobility which to put it simply, is quite the nuisance.


The 4 Common Foot Ailments

Amongst all orthopedic complaints, there are a few very common ones that continue to plague the majority of our community. These include:

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a bone growth on the heel bone. Like such:

heel spur

You see, there is a long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot located on the underside of the heel bone (where it attaches to the plantar fascia). These tissues hold your arch together and act as a shock absorber during any activity.

If the plantar fascia is overstretched for whatever reason, it can cause stress and inflammation on the tissue pulling on the bone.

Over time, the body responds to this stress by building an extra bone extending between your heel bone and arch, resulting in what’s called ‘heel spurs’. 

Symptoms

heel spur pain
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Feel warm to the touch at the affected area

The above are not conclusive, as some heel spurs may not have any symptoms at all.

Which is why detecting heel spurs can be rather tricky as they do not always cause pain. It’s best to go to an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist if you suspect you have it because heel spurs are often only discoverable through X-rays and professional medical assistance.

Area

Symptoms generally start at the front of and underneath your heel before spreading to the arch of your foot.

heel spurs pain area

They can get up to half an inch in length and while they may not be necessarily visible to the eye, you may see a small bony protrusion eventually.

Also, they develop gradually. They do not just suddenly appear one fine morning or after a workout session and they tend to occur when you ignore early symptoms like heel pain.

But then again, keep in mind that not all heel pain is related to spurs.

Causes

Some common causes include repetitive stress from walking, running or jumping on hard surfaces.

Apart from that, arthritis, excess body weight or wearing the wrong shoes can also cause heel spurs.

The latter, in particular, is a common cause. Wrong shoes can be those that are worn-out, fit poorly or simply do not provide support for your. Wearing flip-flops too often can also be a factor, too.


Plantar Fasciitis

Ah, plantar fasciitis, another nemesis of many.

Characterized by severe pain in the heel of the foot, this is a condition of inflammation of the fascia, a tough fibrous tissue running between your heel bone and toes when the sole surface (plantar) is overused.

plantar fasciitis foot anatomy

Many who have heel spurs also have plantar fasciitis, likewise, if you have plantar fasciitis, it increases your risk of developing heel spurs eventually.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Inflammation

Plantar fasciitis pain can feel dull or sharp,although there are some that feel a burning ache. In all situations, pain develops gradually over time and it is usually worse in the morning.

plantar fasciitis pain in the morning

A telling sign will be when you take your first steps out of the bed (or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for awhile) and you feel this sharp jolting pain.

Another will be that after prolonged activity, you feel the pain flaring up. 

This is due to increased irritation or inflammation. Climbing stairs can also become very tasking as you feel this stiffness at your heel.

One distinctive nature of plantar fasciitis will be that you won’t feel pain during the activity, but rather just after stopping.

Area

plantar fasciitis area of pain

Pain is felt at the bottom of the heel. 

Sometimes, it can be at the bottom mid-foot area although some may also feel a burning ache at the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

It usually affects just one foot, but it can also affect both feet.

Causes

Plantar fasciitis can be a result of putting too much pressure on the feet causing tearing or damage to the plantar fascia ligaments. When this happens, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and this in turn, causes heel pain and stiffness.

Women are more susceptible than men, especially those that are pregnant (particularly during late pregnancy).

It is also more commonly diagnosed in active men and women age between 40 to 70 - the avid runners and those that have a very active job involving being on the feet often i.e. working in a factory, restaurant server etc.

plantar fasciitis running

You are also at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you’re obese or overweight, especially if the weight gain is sudden. This is because of the increased pressure on the plantar fascia ligaments.

Other than that, people born with structural foot problems such as having very high arches or very flat feet are also in the high risk group. Tight Achilles tendons (those that attach your calf muscles to your heels) may also be one contributing factor.

That being said, plantar fasciitis can simply be caused by wearing shoes that have too soft a sole or poor arch support.

Heel Spur vs Plantar Fasciitis - The Difference

heel spur vs plantar fasciitis

Mid break: we'd like to delve a bit more between these two before continuing on with the rest of foot ailments because when conduct a preliminary self-diagnose, one is often mistaken for the other.

Understandably so, given both are pretty similar in many aspects from symptoms to pain area. But know this - one is not the other.

So while the two are closely related, there’s a distinct difference between a heel spur and plantar fasciitis.

The former is a bony projection that varies in size but is usually no larger than half an inch. Often discoverable only via an X-ray, a heel spur may not even have any symptoms associated with it. As the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found, only 1 in 20 of people with heel spurs experience pain.

heel spur vs plantar fasciitis

On the other hand, plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where there is an inflammatory process occurring.

The pain will not be something you’d miss but as a general rule, plantar fasciitis can subside on its own over a period of time regardless of the treatment. A heel spur though, will not heal without surgery. Fortunately, surgery isn’t usually needed.

That being said, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis do share similar causes. These include:

  • Wearing unsupportive or worn-out shoes
  • Being overweight
  • Arthritis
  • Walking with an incorrect or unnatural gait

Likewise, you can treat heel spurs almost the same way as you would treat plantar fasciitis. This includes (but is not limited to) resting, icing, taking pain medications and using shoe inserts to ease the symptoms.

In any case, we recommend having your foot looked by a doctor especially if you’re experiencing severe/chronic pain to get a proper diagnosis so as to be able to get the right and adequate treatment.


Varicose Veins

Another foot problem is varicose veins. More common than you would have thought, around 25% of adults in our population are actually plagued with varicose veins.

Also known as varicoses or varicosities, this is a condition where your veins become enlarged, dilated and overfilled with blood.

varicose veins

If you don’t already know, our veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. It is when these veins are not functioning properly that people develop varicose veins.

Rather than flowing towards your heart, blood begins to collect in the veins which result to them being enlarged.

And because the veins in your legs are farthest away from your heart, that, plus gravity, makes it even harder for blood to flow upward

This explains why varicose veins often affect only the legs for most people. 

Symptoms

Unlike those above, varicose veins symptoms are highly visible.

Your veins appear swollen and raised, and they have a bluish-purple to red tinge to it. Over or around these enlarged veins, you will feel:

varicose veins feet
  • Pain
  • Misshapen veins
  • Swelling and discolouration
  • Heaviness
  • Ache
  • Bleeding and ulcers (in severe cases)

Area

Appear mostly on the lower legs, women are more susceptible to this leg ailment.

Causes

Some potential causes include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Old age (above 50)
  • Standing long periods of time
  • Family history

Neuropathy Numbness

This type of foot problem includes weakness, numbness and pain in the feet (also often in hands and other body parts) as a result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord – peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms

Symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected but pain is one telling sign.

foot massager plantar fasciitis

People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe such pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. Other symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in the feet or hands which can spread upwards into the legs and arms
  • Pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain
  • Lack of coordination and falling
  • A feeling of wearing gloves or socks when you’re not

Area

As the peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body, any area is susceptible to neuropathy. This includes the arms, hands, internal organs, mouth and face. 

For the feet though, it can be that of the whole foot and leg.

Causes

Quite different from all the foot ailments above, peripheral neuropathy is not one single disease.

It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, inherited causes, exposure to toxins or metabolic problems. One most common cause though, is diabetes.

foot care for diabetic neuropathy

Diabetes affects the nerves as well as blood vessels and blood flow throughout the whole body, including the legs and feet.

People with diabetes would have to have their feet checked regularly to identify any sores or wounds before complications develop.

In addition, a podiatrist will need to be sought to help manage diabetes-related foot problems.


Treatments / Easing the Pain

Although different foot ailment requires different treatments, there are actually a few things you can do to ease the symptoms regardless of what the orthopaedic problem is. 

One of it being – the foot massage.

Massage

One universal method in easing foot pain, foot massage dates back as far as 5000 years ago having been found evident in Asian, African, European and North American cultures.

Specifically, reflexology, where pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the foot, is found to induce a healing response and alleviating ailments not just limited to the foot but other organs and areas of the body as well.

foot reflexology chart

You see, the bottom of the foot holds numerous acupuncture points that are connected to the whole of our body. By applying pressure at these points, you get to alleviate symptoms and pains in other body areas that you want to target as well.

Anyway, back to our point.

Daily foot massage has long been the holistic approach to long-term pain management caused by the aforementioned orthopaedic problems.

Broadly speaking, there are two massage techniques that are commonly used – compression and kneading.

Foot massages

The former is mostly used on the calf muscles to stretch and loosen them for immediate muscle pain relief while the latter targets at trigger points at the bottom of the foot to soothe and relieve pressure.

Perhaps the following table will paint a clearer picture for you in terms of how massage helps alleviate different foot pain:

Condition

Massage

Heel Spurs

Compression applied to the calf muscles


- ease stiffness

- stimulate blood circulation

- relax calf muscles

- lessen stress on the fascia to relieve the heel spur 

Plantar Fasciitis

Reflexology roller massage at the bottom of the foot


- stretch and loosen tight muscles and tendons 

- reduce pain in nerve endings

- improve circulation and blood flow simultaneously

Varicose Veins / Circulatory Issues

A combination of compression and kneading massage


- double the circulation

- reduce inflammation and soreness

- provide effective pain relief to keep veins under control

Neuropathy Numbness

Air compression massage

 

- stimulate circulation to provide relief of numbness, tingling pain and burning sensations

Leg & Foot Fibromyalgia

Powerful kneading massage specifically targets trigger points and tender points associated with fibromyalgia leg pain


- release pressure through soothing and gentle rubbing motion

Now, you can get regular foot spa sessions at your local massage parlour, or you can invest in an at-home foot massager

The latter will save you much time and money, and you can enjoy a foot massage anywhere, any time of the day.

There are different types of foot massagers available i.e. foot bath massager, foot and calf massager, air compression leg massager or your simple foot-only massager – the choices are aplenty and they come in different price points to suit everyone’s budget.

If you choose to go down this path, we have a few pointers that may help you in choosing the best foot massager that suits your specific ailment:

Heel Spur / Plantar Fasciitis

It's best to go for a plain foot massager for plantar fasciitis, you know, the open-toe ones.

A foot spa massager will do too if you’d like the soothing water effect but a foot calf massager may not be necessary. This is because you’d want to focus on just the foot unless of course, if you’d prefer to get the full leg massage package then by all means, go for it.

We have a foot massager review here that look at some of the best foot massager for plantar fasciitis currently in the market which you may be of interest.

Varicose Veins / Circulatory Issues

On the other hand, if your primary problem is varicose veins or generally, just poor circulatory issues i.e. cold hands and feet, then getting a foot and calf massager will be more all-rounded.

The best foot calf massager may cost a bit, but there are a few other foot and calf massager reviews that you can consider.

In particular, an air compression leg massager is only a fraction of the price of the best foot and calf massager, and there’s always the best foot spa massager to fall back on if budget is an issue.

In any case, a foot and calf massager will be the answer to it all.

However, because it is also one of the priciest amongst all foot massagers that’s available, there may be some who cannot afford one. Hence the above tip to help those with a budget choose the best foot and leg massager that suits their needs.

Of course, different ailment would still require its own specific treatment plans but generally, foot massage is one great method to ease the pain.


Wear The Right Footwear

Mentioned repeatedly above, wearing the wrong footwear is one of the most common cause for foot conditions like heel spur and plantar fasciitis.

plantar fasciitis high heels

Indeed, how can pain or problems not develop if the shoes you’re wearing do not fit properly? Or they are so worn out, there is basically no more foot support? Not to mention the high heels. 

Naturally then, wearing the right footwear becomes one key solution to it all. 

Find supportive shoes that have a good arch support and avoid shoes that are so flat, there’s basically no consideration to the foot shape. Replace your athletic footwear regularly (around 400-500 miles is the limit).

Make sure your shoes fit and by that, we mean they cannot be too tight, nor should they be too loose.

In particular, shoes with the following characteristics make for the best footwear for plantar fasciitis:

plantar fasciitis footwear
  • Ample arch support
  • A firm but flexible midsole
  • Cushioning in the forefoot
  • A removable insole (if you're using plantar fasciitis insoles)

These make for the best shoes for walking with plantar fasciitis. 

So yes, wearing the right footwear is one of the very first steps you should take to ease any foot pain.


Foot Support

For certain conditions like heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, there are foot supports that you can buy to ease the pain and discomfort. 

Used in conjunction with appropriate footwear, they can provide an all-around foot protection.

Not just any kind of foot supports though, but orthotic shoe inserts/heel pads/ arch supports that can give your arch and heel the support they need to reduce pain.

In any case, they prevent further wear and tear to the plantar fascia / worsening the existing condition.

Night splints are another treatment that can help stretch your calf and the arch of your foot. This, especially, works as an effective foot support for plantar fasciitis.

plantar fasciitis night splint

As pictured left, night splints are a type of brace.

It holds your foot in a flexed position to help lengthen the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. 

Wear overnight and it helps prevent morning pain and stiffness to a great extent. 

Here are two great choices to consider – they continue to be bestsellers in their own regard despite the many competition in the industry.

For the more severe cases, you may want to get a boot cast. This will immobilize your foot and reduce strain while your plantar fascia heals. It may not be the most convenient, but it does help accelerate the healing process. 

Then there are the compression socks or stockings for varicose veins and diabetic neuropathy sufferers. These work by placing enough pressure on the legs so that blood can flow more easily to the heart, and they also help decrease swelling.


Foot Exercises

While we’re on the topic, another common way of treating plantar fasciitis is via incorporating specific foot exercises in your daily life.

Foot exercises for plantar fasciitis

Stretching is the key.

Gentle stretches can help relieve and even prevent plantar fasciitis. By stretching your calves and the plantar fascia itself, muscles are loosen and heel pain is reduced.

It is fairly easy to stretch, all you need is just a few common props.

foam roller gif

Sit straight and roll your foot back and forth over a foam roller or massage ball.

If you don’t have one, a frozen water bottle will do the trick.

Do this for 1 minute before switching to the other foot.

Cross one leg over the other and grab your big toe. 

Pull it gently towards yourself and hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat three times.

Then do the same with the other foot.

toe stretch
foot stretch band

Place a stretch strap under the arches of both feet. Grab the ends of the strap and gently pull the tops of your feet towards you. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat this three times. 

If you don’t have a stretch strap, you can fold a towel lengthwise to replicate it.

Very simple, but oh so effective. Not only do they help reduce heel pain, if you do this regularly before each workout, it will certainly prevent you from developing plantar fasciitis.

Keep in mind that not all exercises are suitable.  For example, it is important that you take time off from running to give the plantar fascia time to heal.

Choose low-impact exercises such as swimming as they won’t worsen the heel pain. Remember to stop and stretch while exercising to keep the pain from returning.

Foot exercise for heel spurs

Likewise, heel spur exercises consist of stretching the heel and plantar fascia muscles.

You can do this any time of the day, though it can be especially helpful at night before bedtime.


Lifestyle Changes

Last but not least, depending on the foot ailment you have (and its severity), you may need to make some changes in your daily lifestyle.

varicose veins elevation legs

For example, if you have varicose veins, you should avoid standing for extended periods of time. 

Just by elevating your legs when you rest or sleep may help so much in preventing them from forming or becoming worse.

Do your best to stay at a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, try to lose some weight. This will reduce pressure on your plantar fascia which in turn, help you avoid quite the few orthopaedic problems.

And yes, exercise. Incorporate low-impact exercises into your routine such as swimming or bicycling to improve your circulation. Avoid frequent running that will overwork your plantar fascia. Before exercising, be sure to stretch your calves, Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. 


Wrapping Up

Amongst all body parts, the feet is probably one of the hardest working component. How can they not, when they bear the whole of your body weight be it standing or walking and they bring you anywhere you need to go.

So take care of them and give them the pamper they deserve once in a while. Do not overstrain them and look for soothing remedies once you feel any discomfort or pain.

You certainly do not want to wait and let it deteriorate until surgery is the only solution. 


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