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Hi! My dad has been complaining about leg pain since long. I did not bother much then. Its his birthday next week. Thinking of gifting him a foot massager(agecomfort - products/ultra-foot-massager-with-remote) Its pretty costly, so thought I'll get a review on it. Anyone used this before? How is the product?

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In answer to your question about the foot massager product, do your research. Patients don't get a lot of relief if they use a hand held massager. The best treatment is a person giving a massage.
If it is the kind you put your feet into, these are like a novelty that falls by the wayside after a time and you've run out of closet space to store those things.
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All very good answers here! Will be letting loose of some funds to try a foot massage!
Personally, my leg pain was supposedly caused by radiculopathy in the lower spine. When I could no longer walk, my GP Rx'd a wheelchair and pain meds such as Naproxen and Tramadol. A trip to the ER with chest pains from the Naproxen, a check up for decreased muscle mass and DVT, a chest x-ray then I was sent home.
If I did not see my chiropractor, I would not be walking today, and be mostly bedridden. Not exactly a miracle cure, but the insurance company did not pay, as in "denied because not enough medical was written to prove this much treatment"
I am writing all this for two reasons: 1) look for the causes of the leg pain, and it very well could be (and is in my case) partially due to magnesium deficiency. See a neurologist for that. (Medically documented).
2) keep those legs moving, even if you are stretching and wiggling them in bed, and learn to properly give foot and leg massages. The massages decrease the need for pain meds. More pain meds equal less calcium and magnesium absorption.
IF my husband was not there to massage legs, press on cramped calf, or help me get up, I would have just deteriorated and gotten worse. You can see me walking out there on good days. On bad days I use the wheelchair as an aid to walking and enjoy people's comments, 'shouldn't you be riding in the chair?', or, 'don't you need a walker? Hardeharhar!
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Try magnesium and calcium supplementation. Also, if he is on cholesterol medication, they are notorious for muscle and joint pains. In all likelihood, most people don't need cholesterol medication-it's pretty much a hoax and does NOT prevent heart attacks.
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I think the idea of a spa day is great. I tried a massager for my mom who has leg pains and neck pains due to stenosis...got her a neck messager and it scared her to use it. Oh well....but an actual message...that might work...

Make sure medical conditions are checked first. we use "Bean Bags" heated in microwave or ice packs. the rotation helps. So does EmergenC
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I'm 73 years old and I love foot massages.I also love putting the massager upside down on the bed beside me and laying my hand and forearm on the massager and just letting it run for ten or fifteen minutes. Then I switch it to the other arm and hand. It relaxes all the tight little muscles that I have been working with all day long.Then my hands don't cramp up during the night's sleep.
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Mom had increasingly painful neurological pain in her legs (from being hit by a car when she was 75). No meds, topical creams, or therapy really relieved it for her. When I found a beauty salon that offered foot massage, I made her an appointment. She loved it! She looked forward to every following appointment. The foot and leg massage also included a pedicure. It was wonderful. She lived until her 100th year, so I was so glad to find her some relief from that pain she suffered with for so long.
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FIRST, rule out other causes that might need medical attention, such as clots. Clots in the legs, if massaged, can move, causing a stroke or other bad event. If someone has these, they need medical attention for that, FIRST.

NEXT, evaluate dietary intake: deficiencies in magnesium and potassium can cause wicked muscle cramps.
My DH gets grapefruit-size, rock-hard knots in his leg muscles.
Only way to relieve those is by his taking coconut water, EmergenC in juice or water, and a magnesium glycinate or gluconate supplement. THAT takes those down very quickly.
A deficiency in CoQ10 can also cause bad muscle cramps----not only in legs and other extremities, but in the heart: as in a heart attack of the muscle-cramp kind.

Once the nutritional or medical issues are addressed properly,
THEN he might very well much enjoy massage, pedicure/spa day.
When someone has bad muscle cramps, you can massage them 'til Kingdom Come, and they keep coming back with a vengeance; you really need to get magnesium and potassium into them to help the muscles relax.
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My mother complained of leg pain & she used to get cramps in the middle of the night when she was sleeping ("Charlie horses") and I started her on magnesium supplements. No more pain, no more night cramps.

A foot massager won't hurt, but I'm not sure it will do much good, either. Physical therapy may help to strengthen the muscles & work out some lactic acid.
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Good answers. massaging the feet can be very calming for an agitated patient but the downside is you have to keep doing it.
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If your father is having leg pain, my immediate concern is a DVT which can be life threatening. First, have him check with a vein doctor to get an ultrasound of the leg(s) to see why he is having leg pain. A foot massager is a band aid, and could potentially have untoward consequences. Check with a doctor FIRST.
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I agree with Pam... but do get doc to rule out medical reason for the pain. I started taking my mom for pedicures when she moved in with me. She wanted me to trim her toenails and omg.... no way! I don't even like to do mine! Now she can hardly wait for our "spa" day each month.
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Leg pain--should see doctor to rule out blood clot. Also is he diabetic? I wouldn't omit a doctor visit.
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There are many positives to foot massage. The entire body is mapped out on the hands and feet in reflexology. It will not only help his feet but all of his vital organs. Make sure that there are no contraindications. Does he have an issue with blood clots etc. Just an fyi that depending on what type of pain and where it is he may have issues in the back. So suggesting massage is not a bad idea. Good Luck.
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Take Dad for a spa pedicure every 2 months. For $35 they exfoliate the feet, trim the nails and cuticles, prevent fungus, and salt scrub the calves. Oh, and he will LOVE the massage chair. I took my hubby once and now he's asking " Isn't it time for our pedicure?" LOL.
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