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Foot Massage for Foot Pain

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Foot pain can have many causes, but foot pain that does not stem from an injury may be the result of overwork and exhaustion after being on one’s feet all day. A foot massage can not only relieve foot pain, but also relax the entire body. You can do a foot massage for another person, or massage your own feet.

Using Foot Massage to Ease Foot Pain


  • Sit in a comfortable chair.
  • Lubricate your hands with lotion or oil—coconut oil is a particularly good choice for the feet, as it is antifungal and will also help prevent athlete’s foot. Oil or lotion that has had peppermint oil added to it can feel very good on one’s feet as well – but if you get peppermint oil on your hands, be sure to wash them thoroughly before touching your face or eyes.
  • Lift one foot and prop it on the opposite thigh.
  • Use the pads of your fingers to press down firmly along the pad on the ball of one foot. Walk your fingers back and forth along the ball of your foot, pressing firmly as you go.
  • Use your thumbs to massage the arch of your foot, starting toward the heel and stroking toward the ball of the foot with your entire thumb.
  • Use the pads of your fingers to massage the heel of your foot, similar to the technique you used on the ball of your foot.
  • Massage each toe individually. Squeeze each toe between thumb and forefinger. You may want to gently pull on each toe as if you were going to pull it out of the socket.
  • If you like, work your way up the top of the foot and around the ankle, and massage your calf as well, using the pads of your fingers to find the sensitive points.
  • End by stroking from the top of your calf down to the tips of your toes.
  • Repeat with the other foot.
  • Afterward, lie back and prop your feet up on a pillow.

Why It Works

Massage helps tense muscles to relax, and helps muscles to release lactic acid, a waste product that is produced during muscle metabolism. Massage also improves blood circulation to the area that is being massaged. Sore muscles often benefit from getting more oxygen as blood flow to the area improves. At the same time, massage stimulates the body to release endorphins, chemicals that stimulate the nerve cells of the brain. All endorphins are analgesics, which means that they reduce pain.


Do not massage a foot that you suspect might be injured. If you suspect an injury, be gentle with your foot, staying off it as much as possible and consulting your doctor as soon as you can.

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