Detox foot pads are said to draw toxins from the body, without harmful side effects. There are some advocates for this practice, but there is no solid scientific research to substantiate the manufacturers' claims.


Detox foot pads are thought to stimulate acupressure points on the soles of the feet.

Time Frame

Some manufacturers of detox foot pads recommend that they be used nightly for at least 1 week, while others suggest the foot pads be worn 24 hours a day.

Side Effects

Detox foot pad manufacturers state that there are no side effects associated with this product. Patients should read the ingredient list carefully to ensure they are not allergic to the herbs, minerals and other ingredients contained in the foot pads.


Some use detox foot pads as a gentle approach to detoxification and to improve arthritis, gout and joint disorders. These claims have not been subjected to medical trials and cannot be substantiated at this point.

Recommendations for Use

Reflexologists claim that using detox foot pads promotes equilibrium and physical health.