There’s nothing like getting your aching foot and calf muscles massaged after a long, tough run.
Even if you’re lucky enough to have a partner who has magic massage hands, investing in one of the best foot and calf massagers can save you time, money, and spousal aggravation in the long run!
Believe me, a massager may seem pricey but it’s incredibly worthwhile. You may be surprised at how a decent foot and calf massage after each run can aid in recovery and improve your performance on the road.
Our top choice is the Nekteck Foot Massager. It’s electronic, can be adjusted to the perfect height for you, and heats your feet while it’s massaging to relax your muscles even more.
Keep reading to find out which other foot and calf massagers made our list of top products.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Nekteck Foot Massager
Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine
Human Touch Reflex4 Foot And Calf Massager
Electronic Foot and Calf Massagers
Electronic massagers offer an easy way to relax and massage your feet and calves. Simply plug them in, sit back, and relax. They are ideal for a relaxing massage, but won’t work as well for hitting nagging spots caused by injury.
Best Massager for Feet
1. Nekteck Foot Massager
The Nekteck is our top choice for being an extremely effective foot massager in a small, adjustable, and portable package.
If you tend to suffer from pain underneath your foot after running, this is the perfect way to relieve it. The bottom of each foot will get a lovely all-round rub and stretch, courtesy of 3 massage heads per foot. Each head has 3 rotating nodes to stimulate you from heel to toe.
Too short for your feet to reach the floor when you’re chilling on the couch? Not a problem! The Nekteck’s height can be adjusted to 3 different levels, so runners of every height can use it no matter where they’re sitting.
One of the features we love about this little foot massager is that it gives off light heat to ease up tense muscles and provide an extra element of relaxation. This function can be turned on and off as you please.
Heading to the office after your run? With easy cord storage and a carry handle, the Nekteck can be taken anywhere and is inconspicuous enough to use at home or at work.
Multiple customers report relief from conditions such as neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, and even back pain. Be aware that those with high arches may not get the full benefit due to the shape of the massager.
Make sure your power source is 120V (use an adapter if not), and enjoy the soothing heat and vibration of our top pick!
- Heating function helps relax muscles
- We like the adjustable height feature
- Toe-touch power-on function
- Easily portable
- Only massages the underside of the feet – less comprehensive than some
- May not be effective for those with very high arches
Best Foot/Calf Combo Massager
2. Cloud Massage Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine
As foot and calf massagers go, this thing is one powerful machine. Able to be used on both calves and feet (although not at the same time), it delivers a shiatsu massage that’s a force to be reckoned with.
An adjustable bar allows you to easily change the angle, so you can use it sitting up or lying down, for feet or calves. With an open 5” x 11” “footbed”, it should fit most feet. Unfortunately those with well-developed calf muscles may struggle to fit their legs into the opening.
There are multiple functions on this massager. You’ll be able to get a rolling massage, have your joints loosened up by the sway function, ease up sore feet and tense calf muscles by adding some heat, or inflate the pressure cuffs for some compression treatment.
Some find it painful at first, but it’s just a matter of getting used to the feeling. You may be surprised at how much easier your runs feel after you’ve been using this for a few days.
As Cloud Massage says, “When your feet feel better, you feel better.” We can’t argue!
- Programmed 15-minute massages
- Adjustable angle to allow for feet and calf massages
- Fits most foot sizes due to open design
- Multiple massage functions
- Those with larger calves may struggle to fit into it
- Too heavy to be easily portable
Top Full-Enclosed Foot Massager
3. Miko Yoisho Shiatsu Foot Massager
This foot massager looks kind of like a spaceship, with its sleek, modern design. It envelopes your foot completely, giving you a full shiatsu massage to soothe aching muscles.
One of the best things about this machine is that it comes with a wireless remote, so you don’t have to worry about getting in the right position and then leaning forward to switch it on. You’ll also receive a backup remote.
The enclosed design is great if you like the heating function. It keeps the warm air in and circulating around your feet. The rolling nodes under the feet provide support for the arches and offer a kneading pain relief, while the heel receives an acupressure massage.
As an added bonus, both the outer cover and the foot liners are removable and washable. That makes this massager very easy to keep clean. It’s also super safe to use, with an overheating control function and a 15-minute auto-off feature.
You may find it painful to use the first few times, but according to the instructions, the first five massages will be the machine “finding your foot”. Thereafter, the massager should be set to the perfect pressure for you.
- Removable cover
- Washable foot liners
- Comes with 2 wireless remotes
- Air compression & reflexology functions
- Depending on the shape of your foot, the heel, sides, and ankle may not get any massage
Best All-In-One Calves and Feet Massager
4. Human Touch Reflex4 Foot And Calf Massager
This all-in-one machine performs both foot and calf massaging functions in one machine. If you feel that you need both your feet and calves massaged after a run, this could be the machine for you!
We’ll mention upfront that it’s a little bulkier and heavier than the single-function units. But it does feature no-slip protectors on its feet to protect your floors, and the modern design means it fits in with most modern decor.
It’s quite easy to use. Simply place your legs and feet in the slots, select your mode, and let the machine do its thing. The figure-8 massage style ensures that your extremities receive an effective kneading.
The Human Touch massager may be best for people with smaller calves. If your calves and feet fit nicely into it, you should receive a stimulating massage that improves circulation, allows muscles to recover faster, reduces pain from exercise, plantar fasciitis, and neuropathy, and relieves stress.
- Features non-slip floor protectors
- Modern, sleek design to suit home decor
- Includes 4 auto-massage programs
- Adjustable tilt to suit you
- Quite heavy and not easy to move around
- For some, the pressure on either the calf or foot may be too little or much while the other is perfect
Foam Rollers, Ball, And Stick Massagers
Traditional massage tools like foam rollers, ball massagers, and stick massagers require more work than an electronic massager, but offer the ability to pinpoint exactly where aches and pains are located and massage those spots directly.
Best Foam Roller
5. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
A foam roller may seem like a strange piece of equipment, but don’t underestimate it. When used correctly, it can provide plenty of relief from aching, tight muscles.
Some of the pros include being more affordable than an electronic one, easy to use on all areas (not limited to just feet and calves!), and very easy to store out of the way.
This TriggerPoint Foam Roller is a robust, well-made product that serves its purpose effectively. The high-quality foam is densely packed and should last for ages as long as you keep it clean and store it in a safe place when not in use.
TriggerPoint has designed the roller to mimic the feeling of a human hand. Dispersed across the roller are small, fingertip-like protrusions, longer areas similar to a full finger, and flat areas mimicking the palm. This means you’ll get as close to a real, human massage as possible.
For foot use, this seemingly little roller can withstand up to 500 pounds of weight, so standing on it is not a problem for most.
As an added bonus, you’ll be able to create an account on the TriggerPoint website to gain access to free instructional videos.
Be aware that a good few customers received low-quality fake TriggerPoint rollers from suppliers – be careful to choose a reputable supplier when buying.
- Access to free instructional videos included
- Can support up to 500 pounds
- Designed to mimic the feel of hands
- Available in various colors
- It may be too short in length for some people
Top Vibrating Foam Roller
6. TriggerPoint GRID VIBE Plus Foam Roller
This little gem provides all the benefits of a normal foam roller with an added useful feature – vibration.
It’s designed the same as the product above, imitating the feel of a hand for a more natural massage. The vibration adds an extra element of muscle relaxation, and mixed with the ability to use the foam roller anywhere on your body, that makes it unusually versatile.
The cordless design is useful for any time, anywhere use. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 2 hours on a charge. An AC charger is included.
Choose from four vibration frequencies to get the right amount of pressure and stimulation for you.
Some may find the 3.5-inch diameter a little too small to be effective, but that comes down to personal preference more than anything.
- Rechargeable battery
- Lasts up to 2 hours on a charge
- Four vibration frequencies
- 3.5 inch diameter
- Diameter may be too compact for some to use effectively
Best Budget Massage Ball
7. Kieba Massage Lacrosse Ball
Runners on a budget, you don’t need a fancy electronic massager to do the job. This is our choice for best budget massage ball, and as long as you use it correctly, it can be every bit as effective as the electronic ones.
This product gets a double thumbs-up for value, because it’s actually a set of 2 balls. They’re constructed of hard, durable rubber, so as long as your dog doesn’t get hold of them, they should last you years.
We love that they’re so easy to fit into a backpack or briefcase. Use them at home, at work, at the gym, or even while out and about to work out pain and knots.
The beauty of massage balls is that they work your trigger points and are fantastic for deep stimulation on particular problem areas. Simply work your painful area with one of these by lying on it, standing on it, leaning on it, or pressing it into your sore muscle.
Even if you do choose to invest in an electronic massager, we highly recommend keeping a couple of these in your car or bag for on-the-go use.
- Super portable
- Very budget-friendly
- Comes as a set of 2
- Durable rubber construction
- Some customers report an overwhelming chemical smell (but buying from reputable suppliers should eliminate this problem)
Top Large Massage Ball
8. TriggerPoint MB1 Massage Ball
Another TriggerPoint creation, their MB1 massage ball is available in two sizes and two different firmness levels.
The smaller size (2.5 inches) is great for small, niggly aches and knots that need direct stimulation to be worked out. We love the large size (5 inches) for those runners who find the smaller one to be too painful on muscles. It’s also great for large areas, like the hips or the shoulders.
TriggerPoint uses a layered foam design made up of different densities, to better imitate the pressure of a human masseuse.
The larger ball would be perfect for foot and calf massages as it covers more area than the smaller one. It’s also super easy to clean so you can stand on it all you want.
- Comes in two sizes and firmness levels
- Created from dense foam
- Layered foam density design
- Not as durable as the rubber balls
Best Spiky Massage Ball
9. Pro-Tec Athletics Spiky Massage Ball
Choosing a spiky ball over a smooth ball may help improve your circulation even more. The small spikes help provide a deeper massage, stimulating your foot muscles in a different way than smooth balls.
The ball itself is made of hard plastic and is not compressible, so you’ll still get a good stretch when rolling it under your foot. The spikes provide multiple deep massages across the foot.
Customers tout this prickly ball as being a great way to relieve symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis. The 3-inch diameter is also a decent size for getting great coverage along the bottom of the foot.
With its nice price, it may also be worth getting one just to have around for when you need it.
- Great for plantar fasciitis relief
- Spikes help increase circulation
- Very affordable
- 3-inch diameter
- Takes time to soften under the foot, so don’t give up on it too soon if it’s painful
Top Massage Stick
10. Tiger Tail The Classic 18″ Massage Stick
If you’re not able to get down on the floor to stretch out your muscles, a massage stick could be the best choice for you. With one of these useful tools, you won’t need to lie on a roller or ball, or sit down to try and move your calf over one of them.
It’s designed with a rotating center foam piece, and handles on either side. Simply grab the handles and run the foam over whichever muscles need massaging.
Some muscle groups, such as shoulders and back, may be difficult to reach with this if you’re working on them yourself. But for calves and feet, this massage stick is highly effective.
It’s also easy to stick in the car or a backpack to take with you for use in any situation.
- Easy to take anywhere
- Comes with detailed instructions
- Consistent distribution of pressure
- 3-year warranty
- May be awkward to maneuver
Best Mini Massage Roller
11. Pro-Tec Athletics RM Extreme Mini
This mini massager ticks all the boxes. It’s seriously easy to slip into a gym or running bag and just as easy to pull out wherever you are and use to relieve pain.
The contoured surface of the roller allows for a firm massage while being easy to wrap around bones and joints.
It’s easy to control the pressure as you use this little massager. If you happen to have a single point that needs deeper stimulation to relieve pain or loosen a knot, the end of the handle achieves that easily.
If you’re planning on using it for more than just feet and calves, you may struggle to reach everywhere. But as foot and calf massagers go, this is a superb mini massager that you can use anywhere.
- Very portable
- Contoured surface for effective stimulation
- Handle end can be used for single-point stimulation
- Easy to control pressure
- May be too short if you want to use it on areas other than feet and calves
Compression Pants and Massage Guns
These high-tech solutions offer the best of both worlds. You use electronic massage with guns to identify sore and aching spots and hit them directly with powerful massage bursts. Compression pants use targeted compression to aid in the recovery of sore muscles.
Best Compression Pants
12. NormaTec Pulse 2.0
These aren’t your average compression pants or socks. This is a lean, mean, massaging machine that makes use of compression technology to massage your legs and feet and help with recovery.
Simply slip on the leg attachments and set the controls to what suits you, and let the machine do its work. The company offers a free smartphone app that allows you full control over the unit via your phone, which is convenient.
The unit uses three compression techniques in cycles to maximize your recovery: pulsing, gradients, and digital release.
If you’ve found that you benefit from compression technology, you may find one of these to be the best recovery tool for you. It’s not cheap, though, so if you haven’t tried compression tech yet, try regular compression gear before shelling out for this one.
- Free app allows you to control the unit via your phone
- Makes use of compression cycles
- Easy to travel with
- Uses three different techniques
- It’s a pricey option
Top Massage Gun
13. Theragun Elite
This fancy little massage gun gives a super kneading to release tightness and dissolve knots. Its built-in battery will give you up to an hour of muscle-battering before needing to be charged again.
Two speeds mean you can choose what’s best for your current muscle complaint. You’ll receive 4 head attachments to customize your massage as much as possible. Some are better for a wider area, while others are more direct for single-point deep stimulation.
It’s an effective and relaxing massage, but at 2.7 pounds it may be slightly too heavy to carry around in a bag.
- 2 speed options
- Designed to reach multiple spots easily
- 4 different tip attachments
- Built-in battery with 60 minutes battery life
- May be too pricey for some
- May be slightly too heavy to carry around easily
Best Budget Massage Gun
14. ExoGun DreamPro
Percussive therapy at its best, this massage gun is an affordable option for those who are on a budget but find this kind of stimulation to work best for their muscles.
It’s easy to use on yourself, and has an impressive six different speed settings. Switch between four different heads for varying types of stimulation, so whatever muscle ache you have can be soothed.
With a one-month-long battery life, ultra-quiet operation, and up to 3200 percussions per minute, it’s worthwhile having in your recovery arsenal.
A large group of professional athletes have promoted this ergonomic little gun, so it’s got some big names behind it.
As electronic percussive treatment machines go, it’s not badly priced at all. This is why it wins top spot as our best budget massage gun.
- Ergonomic grip design
- Comes with 4 massage heads
- Six speed settings
- Given the thumbs-up by professional athletes
- Doesn’t usually come with a carry case
Interested in getting yourself one of the best foot and calf massagers to improve your recovery and make your feet more flexible? Here are some questions you may be asking before making the decision.
What Are the Benefits of Massagers?
As much as we all love running, there’s no denying that it can be hard on the feet. Even for runners who are lucky enough not to suffer from foot injuries, a massage can have huge benefits.
Massaging stimulates blood flow, improving circulation and helping the muscles to recover faster after exercise. It can also just loosen up tight muscles, and is a great tool to help prevent stiffness and pain the following day.
Runners who have the misfortune of suffering from flat feet, numb feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, or bunions may find that foot and calf massagers reduce pain associated with these conditions. In some cases, regular use can lead to marked improvements or even elimination of these conditions entirely.
Is Vibration Good for the Feet?
If you happen to have ticklish feet, you may be wondering why vibration therapy is even a thing! It has some great benefits though – it helps stretch, knead, and strengthen the muscles in the foot.
Have you ever heard someone in the gym say they’re training feet today? The little muscles in our feet often get neglected. Although walking and running do strengthen them to an extent, they could do with a little more care and attention.
Vibration therapy may seem like it doesn’t do much, but in reality, it stimulates all those little muscles in a way that running and walking don’t. This simple act can strengthen these muscles, which leads to improved flexibility and, therefore, a better run.
Even if you aren’t keen on vibration-gymming your feet, the vibes can be soothing and stretching, working out kinks in the muscles and loosening them up to prevent cramps and tightness.
How Long Should You Use the Massager?
Like anything, moderation is key when it comes to using foot and calf massagers. You can use a device multiple times per day, but we recommend exercising restraint in each massage session.
If you’re massaging a particular area, it’s a good idea to stick to a 15-minute maximum. If you’re moving the massager around to get a good general massage, 30 minutes is a decent time.
Although using it for longer than that won’t necessarily be harmful, it won’t really be beneficial either.