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HoMedics Foot Massager - love it!
, 15 May 2011
This review is from: HoMedics FC-100 Leg and Foot Massager (Personal Care)
I purchased this product about 4 weeks ago and have used it daily since receiving it and I consider I can now write an informed review.
Firstly my foot and calf medical history:- I have suffered from flat feet (fallen arches) since infancy and in recent years have developed Plantar Fasciitis and tight achiles tendons too. As a consequence I have attended for podiatrist treatment and have to wear special in-soles in my shoes to support my insteps. I also perform daily some simple exercises to "stretch" my achiles tendon. At the end of each day my feet are very tired, (sometimes they feel as though they are on fire!) and my calf muscles ache and are painful. I know massage will help me and I have used a simple hand held massager with infra red - but using it on feet and calves is a litle clumsy as well as time consuming. I decided to go for HoMedic Leg and Foot massager despite a couple of negative reports. I AM SO GLAD I DID!
Using the machine:- When first used I would agree the experience can be a bit painful on the feet and calves but after a couple of sessions I found that by slightly moving/twisting my feet or calves in between the "strokes" of the machine most if not all pain was massively reduced. I use the machine for a full 15 minute session on my feet (NB the machine "times out" after 15 minutes) and move my feet at intervals backward and forward. Later on, I have another full 15 minute session on my calves, again moving them backward and forwards at intervals. When I used the machine last night I can honestly report that I experienced no pain whatsover! Whether this can be attributed to me either hardening myself to its machinations or experiencing significant improvement to my feet and calves I do not know, but what I can say us that the massagess are now extremely pleasurable! After each session my feet and calves feel wonderful too!
I did not purchase the product believing it could cure me, rather that it should relieve my aches and pains in both foot and calf and it does! HOORAY! I LOVE IT!
My only criticism would be that perhaps it may be a better product if the width setting could be slightly extended thus enabling those with very sensitive feet/calves the option of a milder massage. However, as I am totally happy with the product I have no hesitation in awarding it 5 stars.
One final thing:- I prefer to leave my socks on for the foot massage and wear light tracksuit bottoms for the calf massage ie my skin is covered.
Sorry for going on a bit but I hope anyone considering buying this machine will find my review helpful.
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