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Treat Foot Pain at Home With This $8, Podiatrist-Approved Foot Soak

Rebecca Norris

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When it comes to foot care, chances are, you assume that a trip to the nail salon is the #1 move for a little sole love. While pedicurists undoubtedly know how to pamper your feet, believe it or not, doing so doesn’t require making a trip or shelling out upwards of $50 on a spa treatment. Instead, it could be as simple as stocking your routine with Pursoma’s Bain de Pied Recovery Foot Soak ($8).

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Made with aromatherapeutic geranium, ginger root, juniper berry, and detoxifying sea salt, this soak can help revive tired toes (and heels). And that’s not just marketing speak. Dr. Adam H. Kaplan, DPM, of Arcus Orthotics says that foot soaks are very soothing, and calls this product a "great alternative" to the Epsom salt baths he often recommends to his patients.

“This product has many benefits,” he says. “It may help to reduce inflammation as the salts work to draw out fluid and swelling through osmosis, it can help to get rid of dead skin through exfoliation, and the algae component may reduce sweating and foot odor.” Additionally, he points out the Epsom salt isn’t actually salt (which he admits is a total surprise to many), so the fact that this soak contains real sea salt makes it that much more of a stand-out: In a recent study researchers found that warm salt foot baths have the ability to significantly reduce foot pain.

One thing to note? If you have any cuts or blisters on your feet, Kaplan suggests waiting until they're healed before dipping your toes into this particular soak. While the product's name touts "recovery" benefits,  the formula itself isn’t designed to promote wound healing. Instead, Kaplan says that it can potentially get in the way of it.

So cancel your pedicure, and shop the product above to treat your toes to a little at-home R+R.

Feet need a little extra love? Follow along with the video below for some stretches that will help relieve pain. 

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