Your feet are busy every day. The stand, they walk, they run, they exercise and even when you’re sitting down, they take some strain. It’s no wonder they often ache by the time you’re ready to take a break.
Foot massage benefits
Foot massage has tremendous wellbeing benefits; a really good massage improves circulation, alleviates stiffness and tension and can ease discomfort. It can also help to reduce swelling, a common complaint at the end of the day.
Additionally, foot massage helps to improve muscle tone in the foot area and when you use moisturiser or essential oil, it’s a great way to get rid of dry, cracked skin. Some styles of foot massage (for example, acupressure) can even boost general health and improve the flow of energy. Others use reflexology points, so can even improve organ function by focusing on specific areas on the foot.
It’s also believed that a good foot massage can help alleviate joint pain, arch pain, heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and even help recovery post-injury or post-workout. Foot massage is often recommended for elderly people who experience stiffness in the joints, and as a recommended stress reliever for dementia patients, (as advised by a small study in Brisbane, Australia).
What can foot massagers do for you?
With so many obvious benefits, investing in a quality foot massager could well improve your quality of life; it’s a stress reliever, an injury soother, good for joints, muscles and pain relief – as well as being a pleasurable experience.
Rather than book in an expensive foot massage at your local massage studio, this type of massage can be done in the comfort of your own home. It’s about having the right tools to do the job well.
Types of Foot Massagers
There are lots of different types of foot massagers available, from just using your hands to large, full-scale remote-controlled devices; it can be a confusing category to explore. However, most foot massagers deliver the same results although some make light work of the massaging action (e.g. electronic/remote controlled). Mainly, there are three types:Manual
These are usually made of natural materials such as wood and are generally the most inexpensive. You manipulate the manual massager by hand, applying the necessary pressure yourself.
These are usually made of natural materials such as wood and are generally the most inexpensive. You manipulate the manual massager by hand, applying the necessary pressure yourself.
These foot massagers usually use battery power (or rechargeable battery power) or mains power and they automatically massage the foot, you do need to move them around the foot to get an even massage. Some of the more advanced models involve remote controls so you can program the speed, intensity and length of massage. The very advanced models can also massage the calf area. There are different types of electronic massagers, those that apply shiatsu pressure and those that use air pressure.
3. Foot Spa
These massagers are usually electrical or battery powered and use water therapy. Some come with heated elements. The foot is submerged in water and jets massage the foot area. These are normally mid-priced products but perhaps better placed for pedicure use than deep-tissue massage.
Each of these aforementioned foot massage categories has a number of related products, with different elements, for example, massagers with rollers, deep kneading massagers and vibrating massagers. While it sounds complicated, once you get to know each category, you can make an informed decision as to which is the right foot massager for your needs. Below, we review the different types of foot massagers available on the market today.
THE BEST FOOT MASSAGERS REVIEWED
Beads & Rollers
The first category is foot massagers with beads and rollers. These consist of a manual massager with moving bead and roller componentry. As you massage the foot area, the beads and rollers move over the skin to provide a deep-tissue massage experience.
TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
This retails at approximately $18 depending on where you purchase the product from. It involves two wooden foot massagers which you stand on. Each massager consists of a number of rollers and beads; these apply pressure to the underneath of your foot and alleviate pain from the sole of the foot and the heel area. The massagers refresh tired feet, improve circulation and they’re easily portable. With a lifetime guarantee, the manufacture will replace or refund any defective products. All you do is roll your foot back and forth across the beads, however, these massagers don’t deal with the top area of the foot. They are comfortable to use, you can easily massage your feet while sitting down in your favourite chair!
TheraFlow Foot Massager Roller
This simply mechanism is especially for soothing plantar fasciitis and foot pain. It also delivers a relaxing foot massage and at approximately $9 (depending on retailer) it’s an inexpensive option. It looks like a long rod with moveable beads along the length; these beads rotate backward and forward to massage the foot. You simply place your foot on top of the roller and move it forwards and backwards to massage. This product is especially good for high arches and it greatly encourages blood flow. You can massage both feet at the same time and as it’s so portable, it’s suitable for use anywhere. With satisfaction guarantee, it’s a good little foot massager but it won’t massage the top of your foot.
Moji Foot Pro
More expensive, is the Moji Foot Pro compact foot massager designed for recovery and relief for heel pain. It retails at approximately $40 (depending on retailer). Modern-looking, it’s small enough to port anywhere and is perfectly suitable to use while sitting down comfortably. You simply roll the foot over the large, moveable stainless steel beads. However, you can’t massage both feet at once; you must do one at a time. Offering pain relief, stretching and massaging, you can even place the stainless steel beads in the freezer to give an ice massage! With a one year guarantee, this product is a good quality massager although it doesn’t apply pressure to the top of the foot.
2. Shiatsu Therapy
These types of massagers are electronically operated and give your feet a deeper massage, really applying good pressure. They also use infrared heat to alleviate pain, discomfort, cramp and reduce joint pain. These models are more expensive.
Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager
This electronic shiatsu foot massager by Belmint retails at approximately $140 (depending on retailer) and consists of a comfortable machine that you place both feet inside of. You then use the controls to select the type of massage you want and you can even select a heat function. The machine gives a very deep-tissue massage and is ideal for heel pain and tired muscles. Inside the machine, there are rotating nodes that knead the foot area and work hard to reduce muscle tension and pain. Apply heat to warm up your feet and select the level of massage. The product has an auto-shut off feature after fifteen minutes. Use it while relaxing or take it to work; it’s a useful product that really helps to give your foot a good all-over massage. With a manufacturer’s satisfaction guarantee, you can’t go wrong!
Homedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
This one works with rotation to deliver a soothing, deep-tissue massage on your feet and you can use it for both feet without interchanging. Six rotational heads give a really good massage and eighteen massage nodes help your feet to feel revitalised and pain-free. It also features a soothing heat button for good relaxation. Additionally, the easy-to-use toe-touch control means you don’t even have to bend over to change your massage pressure.
Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
This electronic shiatsu foot massager by Miko retails at approximately $140 (depending on retailer) and delivers a deep-kneading experience with or without heat and gives the user the option of multiple massage settings. It has a useful LCD display so you can see your massage choice and can vibrate, roll and heat. With five different pressure settings, there’s not a lot this product doesn’t do! Each setting targets different pressure points so your feet feel so much more comfortable post-massage. The product improves blood circulation as well and with a recommended use of half an hour daily, you can easily factor it into your routine – just use it in front of the television after a long day. Place each foot in the independent foot chambers and let the machine do the work. With a handy remote control, you barely need to move.
Shiatsu Foot Massager by Belmint
This electronic foot massager is designed to alleviate heel pain and nerve pain. It comes with a built-in heat function and is ideal for tired feet. Boasting six massage heads and deep kneading nodes, it really does help feet to feel energised and its portability means you can take it anywhere. The nodes target specific acupuncture points to stimulate blood circulation and deliver a relaxing experience. Add in the heat function and you can even warm up cold feet plus the auto shut-off feature gives you twenty minutes of pleasure without you needing to switch off the machine manually. The product comes with a satisfaction guarantee.
Relaxzen 60-3020 Shiatsu Foot Massager
Unfortunately, we don’t have a price for this product. This good-looking foot massager comes with additional heat function. You simply place both feet inside an open box and let the massager do the work. The product eases aching, sore feet and delivers the heat therapy for the ultimate in relaxation. With a remote control device, you select the massage you want without moving from your chair! The additional bonus to the Relaxzen is that it can double-up as a back massager.
Beurer Shiatsu Foot Massager
Retailing at approximately $65 (depending on the retailer) is the Beurer Shiatsu Foot Massager which comes with 18 rotating massage nodules, two speed settings and a heated function. The massage is deep and penetrative plus you can select the speed and massage pressure to your desired preference. Add-in the heat and you will enjoy a soothing, warming massage which acts as a good tension-reliever. There is an LED display so you can keep an eye on the level of pressure and you can massage both feet at the same time. Ideal for toe pain, ankle pain, heel pain and arthritis, it’s also good for stress-relief.
Kendal Foot Massager with Heat Kneading Shiatsu
At $90 (depending on retailer) is the Kendal Foot Massager which features rolling 3-D air pressure massage. Choose from multiple types of massage, e.g. shiatsu, kneading, rolling, air pressure and heating. The foot massager promises to tackle acupuncture points so you get an all-over foot massage. With an easy-to-read LCD display, you can set a timer and keep an eye on the massage time left. It also has a convenient auto shut-off mechanism and you can select strength of massage including infrared physical therapy to boost blood circulation and metabolism. This massager comes with a one-year guarantee.
HoMedics FMS-150H Shiatsu Foot Massager
At approximately $40 (depending on retailer) is the HoMedics Shiatsu Foot Massager. This product is electronically operated and delivers a deep-tissue shiatsu massage to relax and sooth tired, sore feet. It comes with additional optional heat setting and uses counter-rotating massage heads to penetrate the skin. With easy-to-use toe controls, you don’t need to move from your seated position!
3. Vibration Foot Massagers
These types of foot massagers are electronic but use vibration rather than kneading to alleviate foot pain, improve blood circulation and generally provide an all-round comforting massage experience.
Farmsworth & Lloyd Foot Massager
Retailing at approximately $43.75 depending on retailer is the Farmsworth & Lloyd Foot Massager, using vibration to alleviate pressure and pain. It works by placing both feet on the massager and uses an electronic mechanism. It also features raised kneading points and infrared heat to target nerves, soft tissue, bones, muscles and pain. Ideal for elderly patients, those who suffer with diabetes, those who travel regularly or sit at a desk all day it relieves tired, sore feet. Store it under your desk or use it when relaxing in front of the television for a good source of massage.
MedMassager MMF06 11 Speed Foot Massager
At the top of the range is the MedMassager, made out of rubber, which retails at approximately $240. Featuring 11 different massage speeds, you can really control the level of pressure and type of massage you want to experience. Extremely powerful, it comes with an oscillating foot pad with an arch-bar and a pressure point surface so your foot experiences all-over pressure. It is excellent for boosting circulation and for revitalising tired feet as well as easing any pain. Ideal for diabetic patients, those who spend a lot of time on their feet all day and for those experiencing foot pain it comes with a lifetime replacement optional addition to the guarantee.
4. Air Compression Foot Massagers
These foot massagers administer air as pressure to relax the foot, some work on the calf area as well and the air pressure inflates and deflates to boost blood circulation, relieve swelling, veins, cramp and other discomfort.
Amzdeal Leg Massager
This massager works on the calf and the foot (it can even be used on the arms) and comes with air compression wraps that administer air pressure to alleviate any discomfort. A cordless design, it works on a rechargeable battery. Retailing at $70 (depending on retailer) it is ideal for delivering a relaxing massage and improving blood circulation. Recommended for those who suffer with swelling during the day, uncomfortable varicose veins and cramps, it’s an excellent pain reliever. With three intensity levels and two modes, it offers flexibility and it comes with an auto shut-off after fifteen minutes of continuous use for safety.
Homedics FMS-275H Air Compression & Shiatsu Foot Massager
Unfortunately, we don’t have a price for this massager by Homedics but it offers shiatsu and air pressure as a technique to alleviate discomfort. Expect deep kneading shiatsu for the soles and arches with air compression for tired feet and swelling. It also administers soothing heat, if required. With convenient toe controls, you can easily relax during massage and let your feet enjoy a quality experience.
Naipo Shiatsu Foot Massager
Unfortunately, this product does not have a price but it is interestingly, it is the only foot massager that operates using a tapping massage function. There are three different tapping massage patterns which pulse on your feet, designed to relax your feet and calf muscles. With multiple massage modes, there are three different combinations to choose from and you can completely customize your massage to suit your requirements. The Naipo also comes with a gentle heat function and shiatsu massage to improve blood circulation. It even goes as far as helping with better sleep quality as it is a stress-relieving product. Additionally, this massager comes with a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Air Relax Sequential Air Compression Leg Massager
At almost $400, this top-of-the-range foot massager offers lymphatic circulation recovery system and massages your legs as well as your feet. FDA medical graded, this massager is recommended by professionals and comes with four modes to choose from. It is ideal for those who suffer with sporting injuries, who want something post-workout and who suffer with post-immobilisation edema. It’s also good for venous insufficiencies and lymphedema. Boasting adjustable pressure, four massage levels and auto shut-off, it’s the best possible home foot massager you can buy, but it is expensive.
5. Water Bath Spa Foot Massagers
These types of foot massagers are often used by pedicurists and chiropodists to alleviate and relax tired, sore feet. They consist of a water bath specifically for the feet with a massage function, safely controlled by electricity.
Conair Foot/Pedicure Spa with Waterfall, Lights & Bubbles
This product retails at around $30. It comes with three different settings, bubbles, waterfall and high bubbles. It also has a heat feature to maintain the temperature of water. Rest your feet inside the bowl and use the three pedicure attachments which include a brush, pumice and massage. The massage feature involves two foot roller, positioned on either side of the bath. There is an LED blue light which is supposed to give a soothing experience. The waterfall feature is for additional relaxation and massages the top of the feet. This is a nice product, although it doesn’t provide deep massage and is better for relaxation purposes.
Brookstone Heated Aqua-Jet Foot Spa
Unfortunately, we don’t have a retail price for this product. The Brookstone Heated Aqua-Jet Foot Spa uses water jets to deliver a soothing experience, however it is not designed for deep-tissue therapy. It comes with a built-in heat function and two powerful hydro jets which are good for boosting circulation and relieving tension in tired muscles. There are two adjustable speeds available. Excellent for a good pedicure experience, it’s not ideal for intense, chronic foot pain.
Homedics Foot Salon Pro Footbath
This foot-spa comes with heated power and easy-to-use toe-touch controls. Retailing at $80, it delivers a pleasurable experience for the feet but it is really designed for pedicure use. The massaging mechanism and bubbles are excellent for reducing tension in the muscles and relaxing tired feet. The spa comes with an additional four pedicure attachments to soften and pamper the feet. The heated power heats up to 98 Deg F very quickly and maintains the temperature. Additionally, there are four pressure-node rollers to massage the soles and arches. It’s an effective, gentle massaging product but it is not designed for deep-tissue foot massage.
Kendal All-In-One Foot-Spa Bath Massager
This all-in-one foot spa massager boasts motorised rolling massage, heat, wave, bubbles and water fall. It also has a digital temperature control button and convenient LED display. Made by Kendal, it retails at approximately $130 (depending on retailer). The temperature is conveniently adjustable, and the waterfall function massages both the feet and the calves. Good for boosting blood flow, relieving tired, aching feet and the manufacturer states it smooths the meridians (QI system). Product retains a constant temperature and there’s a safety feature to protect against over-heating. The LED display features temperature indicator and there’s even a hot air blow-heat function to dry heat after use. This is a great pedicure massager and a relatively good massager although it doesn’t deliver really deep-tissue massage.
Ivation Foot-Spa Massager
This foot spa consists of a heated bath with automatic massage rollers, vibration, bubbles and digital adjustable temperature control. It also features three different pedicure attachments. Retailing at approximately $85, it is a good pedicure product and relaxes feet, relieving them of aches and pains. With a more intense vibrating massage than most foot-spas, it has motorised rollers that work hard on the soles of the feet. The multiple jets are excellent for pressure-relief and the heat gives a great refreshing experience, helping to reduce swelling. Finally, the LED display means you can keep an eye on the time and the temperature. Good for basic massage, although not really for deep-tissue pressure.
6. Foot and Calf Massagers
These types of massagers apply pressure to the feet and the calves for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Most use deep-tissue shiatsu pressure to reduce pain, discomfort, soreness, tiredness and swelling.
HmRelax Shiatsu Foot and Calf Massager
This foot and calf massager administers shiatsu pressure with heat and rolling vibration. Retailing at near the $200 mark (depending on retailer) it’s an expensive yet effective product. Providing a 360 degree experience, it helps to improve metabolic rate and blood flow using infrared physical therapy. The massage function administers pressure on reflexology points to stimulate different organs and you can choose to massage areas separately or all together. The product operates using a remote control or an easy to use touch panel and it comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty. http://amzn.to/2Dci9ac.
Human Touch Reflex-6 Foot & Calf Heating Massager
This product comes with patented technology and uses heat with vibration to deliver an effective foot and calf massage experience. Unfortunately, there is no price associated with this massager. The massager covers the entire foot and calf area and emulates the feeling of a trained masseuse. It also has under-foot rollers that alleviate discomfort in the heel and the sole. If you want to, you can use the warm air technology which is designed to relieve muscular tension.
Reflex-4 Foot and Calf Massager by Human Touch
This massager by Human Touch retails at approximately $200, depending on retailer and boasts patented figure 8 technology for an all-over soothing, calming and rejuvenating massage. The massage is as effective as a trained masseuse and the feet are treated to an under-foot reflexology roller massage to reduce discomfort in the soles and heels. The product is ideal for soreness in the feet, ankles, heels and calves. It’s also designed for those who suffer with fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, circulation problems, stress and pain.