A Foot Pain Treatment that Feels Like a Spa? That’s Aquaroll!

Aug 23, 2021

When you are looking for relief from heel pain or a sports injury, you don’t necessarily need anything fancy or luxurious. You just want something that works.

But if it can be those other things as well, that does make for a nice bonus, doesn’t it?

Aquaroll therapy, available at our offices in Joliet, Hoffman Estates, and Orland Park, can help many patients find pain relief, improved circulation, and faster recovery from some foot and ankle conditions. It also just happens to feel like something that would be at home in a spa!

What Does Aquaroll Do?

Just because Aquaroll feels good doesn’t mean it lacks ineffectiveness. This is a tool that has been used by professional athletes to rebound faster from injuries. 

So yes, athletes who plunge themselves into ice baths as part of their physical maintenance routines also take advantage of Aquaroll, and for good reasons. The benefits are much more than superficial!

Aquaroll works by stimulating the feet and ankles, improving circulation to them. This is accomplished through controlled wave action and the use of many tiny glass beads (30,000 to be exact).

During an Aquaroll session, you are asked to submerge your feet in a basin containing the beads and warm water. Once started, the basin shifts and steadily rolls the beads over the feet, compressing and vibrating against them.

And yes, most patients who undergo Aquaroll report that this feels great. But remember that the soothing sensations are not the sole purpose. They are certainly beneficial, but we also want improved circulation.

How Does Improved Circulation Help the Feet?

Healthy circulation is naturally important throughout the body. It is often more challenging for blood to efficiently reach the feet than other areas of the body, however, simply due to them being farthest from the main pump of the heart.

Stimulating and improving circulation to the feet can help various injuries and conditions in a couple of beneficial ways:

  • Greater blood flow to the feet means that more of the nutrients and growth factors cells need are delivered through that blood. This allows cells to perform their jobs more effectively – and that includes growth and repair.
  • Increased blood flow can also help reduce swelling by carrying excess fluid away from the area.

While the soothing, vibrating action of Aquaroll’s beads against your feet can help improve your comfort within the moment (especially when it comes to nerve pain), we are also seeking long-term relief through faster healing of what’s causing you pain in the first place.

We can use Aquaroll as a singular treatment, or we can include it as part of a more wide-ranging plan. Some of the conditions we might consider Aquaroll for include:

  • Sources of heel and arch pain (including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis)
  • Peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetic complications, trauma, and other reasons
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome 
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgical recovery

In addition to the self-contained functions of an Aquaroll therapy session, we may enhance it by asking you to perform a specific range of motion exercises as it operates. This not only helps the session itself be more effective but can help strengthen and build vulnerable areas within your feet and ankles as well.

We will be happy to discuss with you whether Aquaroll would be a good fit for your particular needs, or whether other forms of treatment may be preferred.

Is Aquaroll Good for Your Skin?

We have been describing the “beyond the spa” benefits of Aquaroll so far – and frankly, they’re the ones we consider most important. However, it is true that such a treatment can also help your skin look better.

The motions of Aquaroll’s beads against the skin, as well as the stimulation of circulation, can lend themselves to improving your skin’s appearance. Skin can take on a smoother, more youthful appearance, age spots can lighten, and the visibility of scars can decrease.

Again, we consider these more secondary benefits; but they are additional benefits nevertheless.

Professional Care that Feels Like Pampering

Aquaroll – much like our MLS laser, EPAT therapy, and custom orthotics – is a special tool we employ to help patients who need recovery and relief. But any advanced treatment that also helps our patients feel extra relaxed and happier in the process is certainly not something we’re going to sneeze at!

Whatever foot or ankle problems may be impacting you or a loved one, we want to help you find the most effective route to treatment. Whether that includes Aquaroll or other methods will depend on the particulars of your situation. We never make any recommendations for treatment until we’ve been able to make a full examination and learn all we need to about how the issue is affecting your life.

And even if your treatment does not include Aquaroll, we want to make sure you feel well tended to.

Schedule an appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois by calling any of our area offices. If you prefer to reach out to us electronically, simply fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will contact you during our standard office hours.

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