As you probably know, plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The plantar fascia, runs from the heel bone to just below the toes and is a critical aspect of supporting the weight put on the feet when we stand, walk or run. When it is damaged, it causes pain that can sometimes be very severe.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, there are a number of things you can do to help the tissue heal and the pain to subside. One of things that will help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis and help your foot heal is foot massage. Not only will it help relieve pain, it will help you relax, improve your sleep and improve the blood circulation in your feet. Some people claim that is even helps relieve headaches.
The best foot massagers available today are listed below. If you’re not really up for the technicality of it all, perhaps see our post on the best yoga stretches for plantar fasciitis or the post about using the melt method.
When you cannot get to a masseuse every day, which most of us can’t. You need to do the next best thing, and get a foot massager that you can use daily at home. Below you will find several of the top foot massagers discussed and described. You can weigh the pros and cons and select the best one for you.
The best foot massager should easily relax and stimulate your feet and ankle muscles. It should increase the blood flow to this area as well. You calves can be stimulated through a gentle vibration, heat and rollers.
HoMedics FMS-270H Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager – This version is a good source of foot massage for those on a budget. It is a bit less expensive that some of the other models, but it does the job. People who shared their experiences with us, say that it provides soothing heat, and good rotation from the six heads to provide the deep-kneading action. With just 10 minutes of use per day, you should start getting relief from foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. We ranked it a 4 out of 5, mainly due to affordability.
HoMedics FMS-200H Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager – This model gives you the feel of getting a spa massage. The people we spoke to like this model because it is very quiet. If you want to use the foot massager at right before going to bed, it will not disturb anyone else in your household. The toe touch controls make operating it easy. Users claimed that the heat and gentle kneading action nearly puts them to sleep. You cannot stand on this device or it will break. It is available at an affordable price. Overall, we feel this model ranks a 4.2 out of 5.
MedMassager MMF06 – This is a great foot massager. This is one of my favorites of all. It gives a more powerful massage than many models. The only negative is that it is a bit more expensive. It you are serious about regular, at-home foot massages though, this is one to consider. Many podiatrists recommend and use this model because it delivers good results. It helps increase circulation, relieve pain and relaxes the feet and legs. It feels terrific. It has 11 different speeds, and a full sized oscillating foot pad and arch bar. It gets a 4.5 out of 5, just because of the price.
Check out this video of the MedMassager in action:
Beurer FM60 Foot Massager – This foot massager looks like it is from outer space. The users we talked to like it because of the number of rotating massage heads. They claim it gives a good reflex zone massage that is relaxing and relieves foot pain and stress. It has a heat function that adds to the relaxation. This model is ranked as an affordable massager, good for those who are budget conscious, yet want a good foot massage. It gets a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
Foot Vibe Vibration Massager – This massager is ranked very high by users we spoke to. Those who use it feel it is the best massager on the market. They said it truly relieves pain in a comfortable, relaxing way because of its angled position. In other words, you don’t have to put your feet flat on the floor to use it. The massager seems to hit all the pressure points on the feet for the full benefit of the process. All the people we talked with, say they would recommend it to anyone. We give them a 4.7 out of 5 rating. It sounds like a great device.
All in One Kneading Shiatsu Rolling Foot Massager – This model was the favorite of those who are scientific about their foot massage practices. It has multifunctional features that are not on most massagers. This one features a shiatsu massage, kneading, rolling and an air pressure feature. As mentioned, most people who purchase this model seem to be a bit scientific or technical about their approach to foot massage. The model is more expensive because of the added features, but some find it a good buy.
Brookstone 839379 Shiatsu Foot Massager – This is another one of my personal favorites. It is great for people suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. If is great for those with pain caused by flat feet also. It gives a deep kneading massage with heat and an air pressure feature for deeper relaxation. It has high and low intensity settings. This model is a little more expensive than most, but it is truly worth the extra money. I give this one a 4.9 out of 5.
Whichever, model you feel is best for you, there are major benefits from using a foot massager on a regular basis, especially if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. I would not be able to fully function without a regular foot massage, I just needed to find something I could use at home, because going out to a spa every day is not an option for me. Foot massagers will do different things, but some of the most important things to look for are their ability to increase circulation, hit the right pressure points, and are comfortable to use.
The Smartest Buyer – Plantar Fascitiis Foot massagers