What are Mudoku detox foot pads? Can they actually help relieve foot pain, or are they a scam? Are they worth buying?
The Mudoku Detox Foot Pad Claim
As I sat down to write this review, it was astonishingly hard to find reliable information about what exactly a Mudoku detox foot pad is. Apparently, they are a cheap product (so cheap that apparently they’re available at the dollar store) supposedly with Japanese origins. However, the reviews I found said the packages they had were made in China, so take the supposed Japanese roots with a grain of salt.
Basically, the idea is that you stick these cheap pads to your feet at night, and keep them on while you’re sleeping for eight hours each night. While you’re asleep, the pads will work their magic and draw the toxins out of your feet. I can’t actually find any details on which toxins will be removed. Presumably, toxins are just any sort of bad chemicals, and I suppose these pads are smart enough to somehow know which chemicals to remove and which chemicals actually belong in your body. Remember, your entire body is ultimately made of chemicals!
In the morning, you remove the pads from your feet, and they supposedly turn brown to show you all the nasty chemicals they’ve removed. Of course, as this article shows, they turn brown from any moisture at all. Convenient, isn’t it? If your feet sweat, they turn brown, but you have no actual evidence that they’ve done anything.
Something else you should know: According to that same article, the foot pads stink. So, even if they are detoxifying your feet, they’re toxifying the air at the same time, at least by most people’s standards.
And who knows what nasty chemicals might be in these things. They’re probably harmless, but they’re also probably useless. Granted, there are definitely reviews and blogs about how wonderful this product is, but in my non-professional opinion, there’s a great likelihood that this is due to a placebo effect.
Of course, maybe they do work. And they won’t hurt your feet. Probably. Right? Well, if you’re willing to try them, Amazon has them here. Those aren’t the Mudoku brand, but I’m not convinced that brand means anything anyway. At least this one lists its ingredients!
So are Mudoku detox foot pads a scam?
I’m really no expert, and I’m certainly not a research chemist with the ability to test the chemicals you’re attaching to your body. That said, I think it’s pretty safe to say they do nothing.
The experts seem to agree with my assessment. No less an authority than the world famous Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, states on their website:
However, no scientific studies have been published that show that detox foot pads work or that they’re safe. The Federal Trade Commission has charged some distributors of detox foot pads with deceptive advertising. The bottom line: As with anything that sounds too good to be true, wait for scientific evidence that proves the claim before investing your time and money.
So, I guess you can go ahead and try it. Maybe the placebo effect will work for you. Of course, by reading this far, perhaps you’ve ruined your faith in the product and the placebo effect has been lost. Sorry about that.