Whether you have tired, aching feet or are just looking for a life-changing way to unwind, the best foot massagers are here to help. These devices can help promote circulation, soothe tired muscles after tough workouts, and contribute to some much-needed R&R after a long day. In fact, according to research from a 2000 study and a 2015 review, even a few minutes of foot massage and reflexology can reduce stress and relieve pain.
“[Foot massagers] can absolutely be great devices for your feet, depending on certain pedal conditions,” explains Chanel Perkins, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist. “They are great for improving circulation, stretching, and easing discomfort, especially with inflammation, stress, and fatigue that we oftentimes experience with our feet.” (And if you’ve been walking in sandals or pushing your running shoes to their limit, a massage can undo miles of discomfort.)
So, what should you look for in an electric foot massager? First, make sure you’re getting one that’s the right size, both for your feet and for your home, Dr. Perkins recommends. Next, look for ease of operation: “Look for various control settings for massage intensity, speeds, and heating,” plus toe-touch operation, she says. “If the foot cover is removable and washable, this is an added bonus.”
Just make sure to check in with a podiatrist if you’re suffering from any chronic conditions, just had surgery, or have been diagnosed with tears or fractures in your feet, Dr. Perkins warns. Whatever your needs are, we’ve done the research and listed the very best foot massagers available right now. Whether you want something transportable for pain relief or an electronic shiatsu machine with all the bells and whistles, these picks will help you loosen up in no time.
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