How To Give A Foot Massage

What do I need to know about a foot massage?

You can use lotion, cocoa butter, oil, lanolin, or creams made especially for the feet. A foot massage increases blood flow and helps a person relax. Tender, tight, or cramped areas of the feet may feel better after a massage.

How do I give a foot massage?

Ask healthcare providers before you give a foot massage. They may not want you to give a foot massage if the person has medical conditions, such as diabetes or gout. Do not give a foot massage if the person's feet are swollen or have blisters or warts.

  • Massage the foot:

    • Put a small amount warm lotion or oil in your hand. Smooth the lotion or oil over the foot.

    • Firmly hold the foot with both hands. Rub the top of the foot using a firm motion with your thumbs. Start at the tip of each toe and move slowly all the way up to the ankle. Move back towards the toes and rub with a lighter stroke. This step can be repeated 2 or more times.

    • Continue to hold the foot with both hands and move your thumbs to the bottom of the foot. Rub the bottom of the foot. Start at the tip of each toe and move your thumbs firmly towards the heel. Go back in the direction of the toes and rub the bottom of the foot with your thumbs. This step can be repeated 2 or more times.

    • Repeat the above steps on the other foot.

  • Massage the toes by pulling:

    • Hold the foot with one hand and grasp it under the arch.

    • With your other hand, hold the big toe with your thumb on top and your index finger underneath.

    • Slightly turn and pull the toe until you reach the end of the toe. Slide your thumb and index finger back to the base of the toe. Do this to each toe.

    • Repeat the above steps on the other foot.

  • Massage the toes by sliding:

    • Hold the foot with one hand and cradle it behind the heel.

    • Put in the index finger of your other hand between the toes.

    • Move your finger towards the base of the toes and back toward the end of the toes. Repeat this move two or three times between all toes.

    • Repeat the above steps on the other foot.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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