Foot spas – Q&A

Last Updated: 24.08.19

 

Since they’re working double hours compared to the rest of your body, it is assumable that you should treat your feet with at least the same care you give to other parts of your body. Instead, they usually get the least of that. Maybe it is their peripheral placement that is to blame for the fact that you forget about them. These few lines are a reminder that you need to spoil your feet if you want them to keep functioning and look amazing. The best way to do that is to prepare a foot spa.

 

What is a foot spa?

Well, you can say it is your way to thank your feet that they carry you around all day long and they barely complain. Technically, a foot spa is a warm bath in which you soak your feet to relax them after a long day. Water and soap are the essential ingredients, but you can combine it with several others to obtain a mix with refreshing and hydrating properties.

 

How to use a foot spa machine at home?

While you can prepare this mix of ingredients in a simple plastic bath, you can acquire, at small prices, especially designed foot spa machines, with a shape that lets your feet feel comfortable and including additional features such as heating, vibrating massage, oxygen bubble massage, and pumice stones to improve your experience. It is not difficult to use a foot spa at home. You just fill up the basin with water, add the wanted ingredients inside it and you turn on the available features. If your foot bath has a heating function included, even better, it will keep the water warm for longer amounts of time, giving you more time to relax.

 

Are foot spas good for your feet?

Foot spa has quite a few benefits, for your entire body, not only your feet. Add the massage functions to that, and you get a therapeutic treatment in a water-basin at home. Massage is great for improving blood flow and relaxation. Adding to that, the hydrating ingredients added in the bath will keep your feet soft and hydrated, preventing them from cracking or becoming harsh and unpleasant to touch. Moreover, you can add Epsom salts to your bath (a chemical compound of magnesium and sulfate) that helps relieve muscular pain and hurries the toxin releasing process from your body. In addition, it enables dead skin to come off your heels and other rough spots, making it easier for you to peel it off with a pumice stone and foot scrub, leaving your feet free of bacteria, clean and smelling pleasantly.

 

Can a diabetic use a foot spa?

Some ingredients used in foot spa, such as Epsom salt, are actually beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Due to the fact that Epsom salt is a magnesium and sulfate compound, these substances are absorbed into your body when taking a warm bath. A balanced level of sulfate and magnesium render insulin more effective. Unfortunately, foot spas are less indicated for those suffering from the disease. Firstly because they are more prone to infections, any crack in your heels can lead to serious infection, so if somebody else used the foot spa machine before them, they might contract bacteria and develop infections. Secondly, many diabetics suffer from neuropathy, which disables them to feel pain in their extremities, thus, if the water is too hot they might get burnt and not even realize it. But, if you do want to take a foot bath, make sure the water is lukewarm and never lend your foot spa machine to anybody else.

 

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