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Need Some Relief? Consider Getting a Foot Massager

We are lucky to live in an era where there have been so many advances in footwear. Even so, many of us suffer from aching feet from time to time, and that foot pain can be exacerbated by activities such as running, playing sports or from combinations of activities you might engage in as a secret agent, if you happen to be James Bond. Even those of us who are not secret agents can use some relief now and then. So if you are thinking about getting a foot massager to relieve foot pain, here are some thoughts to keep in mind.

According to Harvard Health, getting foot massages on a regular basis can improve circulation, stimulate muscles, reduce tension and even ease pain in many cases. For those who do not want to shell out $20 to $300 for an electronic foot massager, Harvard Health even offers a DIY technique for massaging your own feet.

If you don’t mind spending a little bit of cash, websites such as The Spruce, Runner’s World and The Insider rank some of the best machines you can buy. The Spruce’s pick as “best overall” will set you back $80, which may be worth it, depending on how much relief it offers you. They also recommend an alternative $15 manual device for those on a tighter budget.

It is worth looking through reviews to get a feel for which devices are best for you and your foot conditions. Some people may prefer a device which applies a lot of pressure, but if you have significant foot sensitivity this kind of device may not be best for you. Doing hand massages on your own feet before shelling out hard-earned money might give you a better idea of what you need.

While foot massages offer many benefits, the Cleveland Clinic reports that trends such as “foot detoxes” do not appear to have medical benefits that can be backed up by science. Best to stick to the tried-and-true massage, whether by hand or with a device of your choosing. It is okay to pamper your feet, they deserve it!

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