What is a paraffin wax foot treatment?

Paraffin wax is a soft, non-sticky, natural wax product derived from ancient plant and animal forms It’s properties means it is able to absorb and retain a significant amount of heat leading to therapeutic benefits.

A paraffin wax foot treatment is a therapeutic treatment whereby the foot is immersed into a pool of heated paraffin wax. Because paraffin wax has a low melting point, it is safe enough to apply directly to the foot without the risk of burns.

In podiatry paraffin wax foot treatments are used to:

  • Help hydrate the skin
  • Promote blood flow
  • Reduce muscle and joint pain

This can help treat a number of conditions from dry and cracked heels, to arthritis and chilblains.

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What are the benefits of a paraffin wax bath treatment?

A paraffin wax foot treatment can provide the following potential benefits:

  • Helps stimulate and increase local blood flow
  • Promotes relaxation of muscles and joints
  • Helps to reduce muscle spasms
  • Helps to soothe minor aches and pains
  • Softens skin leaving it soft and supple
  • Softens adhesions and scars

What foot conditions can paraffin wax help treat?

Indications for treatment

Paraffin wax foot treatments can help treat and manage the following conditions:

  • Cold feet
  • Chilblains
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Arthritis (when not inflamed)
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle and joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Callus and scar tissue

Contraindications to treatment

Paraffin wax foot treatments cannot be used with the following conditions:

  • Impaired circulation e.g. peripheral vascular disease
  • Impaired sensation e.g. peripheral neuropathy
  • Significant oedema
  • Acute trauma or inflammation
  • Open wounds
  • Malignancies e.g. tumours
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Paraffin wax foot treatments at Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics

Once our Melbourne podiatrists deem your feet suitable to paraffin wax therapy the following will take place during your 30 minute consult:

  1. Firstly your feet will be massaged and hydrated using a moisturising cream.
  2. Paraffin wax socks are melted using the PerfectSense Paraffin System, taking only 6 minutes.
  3. The now melted paraffin wax socks are applied and massaged into the feet.
  4. Fleece boots are applied to retain the heat and left for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. The paraffin draws the body’s own moisture to the surface of the skin for deep, natural hydration.
  6. The wax is removed like a slipper, sliding right of the foot.
  7. Your feet will feel hydrated and amazing, with the benefits of paraffin lasting up to 24 hrs.
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We use the PerfectSense Paraffin System

The benefits of the ground breaking PerfectSense Paraffin Wax System over other traditional wax bath systems include:

MORE HYGIENIC – wax is applied directly to skin in single use pouches, eliminating the risk of cross-infection compared to traditional communal wax baths.

MORE BENEFITS – wax is applied directly to the skin in the pouches so you receive the full therapeutic heat benefits of the wax. Other communal systems may need to use glad wrap or other barriers over the feet for hygiene reasons before placing the feet into the wax.

NOURISHMENT + PARAFFIN BLEND – Not just any paraffin …. Nourishment+ is a unique, ultra premium, age-defying formula which blends apple stem cell, grape seed oil, white and green tea antioxidant extracts with vitamins A, C, and E for the most powerful heated moisturiser available.

NO POWER REQUIRED – The wax heats inside the chamber in a natural exothermic reaction to the saline AromaVapour solution without the need for corded power.

FASTER MELT TIMES – the paraffin wax melts within 6-8 minutes meaning we can perform this treatment on the spot without the need for prior notification. Traditional systems often require 6-12 hours to melt the wax before use.

LESS MESS –  when the socks are removed they slip right off without any wax residue or scraping required, making for fast clean up.

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Paraffin Wax Foot Treatment FAQ

At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics a paraffin wax foot treatment is performed within a 30 minute consultation. During this consultation your feet will be massaged whilst the paraffin wax melts. Once melted the paraffin wax slippers are applied for approximately 10 minutes.
At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics a paraffin wax foot treatment currently incurs a small charge of $25 in addition to a standard consultation fee. Some private health funds may provide rebates for paraffin wax foot treatments.
No. Paraffin wax has a low melting temperature around 50°C so it wont cause any burns to your feet. Once the wax is melted and applied to your feet it will feel somewhat similar to taking a really hot bath.
If you suffer from chilblains in winter then paraffin wax foot treatments can help by stimulating blood flow. The best time to commence treatment is before the onset of the cold winter months when chilblains are most common.

To try and prevent chilblains our podiatrists recommend starting paraffin wax foot treatments in May according to the following schedule:

  • 4 x paraffin wax foot treatments over 4 weeks commencing in May.
  • 1 x paraffin wax foot treatment monthly or as required over the next 2-3 months.
This depends on whether you are a low risk or high risk diabetic. Provided your sensation and circulation status is good then you can still get a paraffin wax foot treatment. Unfortunately high risk diabetics with poor circulation or poor sensation (peripheral neuropathy) are unsuitable for paraffin wax foot treatments.

If you are a diabetic our Melbourne podiatrists will always assess your feet first to check if they are suitable for paraffin wax treatment.

If you wish to book a paraffin wax treatment then just call our friendly reception team on (03) 9882 5584. Alternatively you can also schedule a paraffin wax foot treatment by booking online.

Treat yourself to a paraffin wax foot treatment

A paraffin wax foot treatment can provide therapeutic benefits to help treat a number of foot conditions and will leave your feet feeling soft, smooth and amazing.

So if you think your feet could benefit from a paraffin wax foot treatment book an appointment with one of our friendly Melbourne podiatrists today!