A woman using a Wahl handheld massager on her foot.

How to Use Massage to Relieve Leg & Foot Pain

Massaging your legs and feet can provide relief after workouts or at the end of a long day. Reduce pain, soreness or cramps in your legs and feet with self-massage techniques.

How to Massage Legs & Feet Step-by-Step

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    Using your hands or a handheld massager , begin at the area below the waist in back, just under the tailbone. Move outward from the hips, going from center to side in an across and down motion. Use a circular motion over the hip joints.

    Massage the thighs up from the knees to the buttocks. Then massage the calves up from the ankles to the knees.

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    You can also use a handheld massager on your feet. When massaging the feet, massage only the arches and bottoms. Apply more or less pressure depending on how sore or tight your arches are. A good rule of thumb is to tread on the lighter pressure side to reduce injuring your feet.

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