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The Benefits of a Foot Bath: Relaxation and Beyond

What’s in a foot bath, really? A combination of comfortably warm water and medicinal ingredients (think herbal oils, camphor, urea, and more) from companies like Gehwol may be the perfect marriage. And not only is enjoying a foot bath one of the most relaxing experiences for your tired feet, but it can also take your foot health to new levels. Let’s explore everything there is to know about foot bath benefits. 

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Benefits of a Foot Bath

Drawing up a foot bath is one of the best relaxation techniques around, but foot baths go beyond calming oneself; they can also address your foot health by fighting pre-existing conditions and preventing their development. Here are some of the top benefits: 

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Improved Circulation and Pain Management 

Bath salts and the thermal effects of hot water can boost circulation in your feet, ankles and lower legs. Furthermore, warm water is a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels, improving circulation and helping your muscles relax – all of which can reduce pain. Some conditions a foot bath can help include plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis.  

Exfoliation and Skin Health

Not only are foot baths an excellent hygienic practice, but the right foot bath products and bath salts can penetrate the skin, leaving it softer and more hydrated than ever before. Foot baths can also eliminate dead skin cells, remove dirt and bacteria, and reduce foot odour with ingredients like lavender oil. Camphor is also present in a lot of foot soak products, which naturally treats skin irritation. 

Swelling and Inflammation Reduction 

As we mentioned before, the blood vessels dilate when the feet are immersed in warm water. This allows more oxygen and nutrients to flow through the circulatory system, which reduces inflammation. Some foot soaks can also encourage lymphatic drainage, which helps the body eliminate excess fluids. 

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Interested in Learning More About Foot Baths?

We have a handful of foot soak products available at our one-stop-shop foot clinic! You can also schedule an appointment with your chiropodist for a medical pedicure to take foot health and cleanliness to the next level! Call us at (416) 769-3338 or book an appointment!

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