RootyRUG and health

Can RootyRUG help flat feet?

Yes, it can. But a lot depends on what the cause of the flat feet is. In most cases, the foot is only weakened (wearing improper shoes, etc.) and needs sufficient stimuli from the outside to begin working as it should – meaning using all the muscles involved. In this case, ROOTY in combination with barefoot walking serves very well.

Warning: RootyRUG is not an orthopedic or other medical device and can not replace professional treatment. If you are unsure whether RootyRUG is suitable for you, talk to your doctor.

 Could the RootyRUG be unsuitable for some people?

Yes, it could. Especially for people with disorders of body coordination, unsteadiness, severe orthopedic impairments or with whom it may be assumed that movement on an uneven surface may cause problems.

How to use RootyRUG

Where is the best place to lay the RootyRUG?

Clearly in a place where people walk the most – not only you, but everyone in the family should take as many steps on it as possible. The ideal place is the hallway, living room, or kids’ room. It makes no sense to place it near the bed.

Where it is not recommended to place the RootyRUG?

In terms of maximum utility value, it isn’t recommended placing it by the bed, for example, because we spend little time there. Because of possible damage to the RootyRUG, we do not recommend laying it in moist areas such as the bathroom, balcony, terrace, or garden. For safety reasons, don’t place the RootyRUG on ramps, stairs and the like, where there may be a problem with balance, or to dark places where orientation is worse.

On what surface it is recommended to place the RootyRUG? 

Definitely on a hard, flat surface such as tiles, parquet, laminate or a floating floor.

Can I lay the RootyRUG on the carpet or other soft surface?

Yes, you can. But it depends on its thickness and hardness. It is true that the harder and thinner the carpet, the better. On a soft carpet, there’s the chance that the relief will push the ROOTY to the softer ground and may damage both the ROOTY and the substrate.

Other Questions

Can I place furniture on the RootyRUG? 

No, you can not. This could damage the ROOTY or make the furniture unstable.

Can I use a wheeled chair on the RootyRUG?

No, you can not – you risk permanently damaging the ROOTY and maybe even the chair.

What is a difference between RootyRUG and massage pad?

A big difference. The ROOTY allows for walking, meaning taking a few steps over it. The impact of the ROOTY on the foot is not unpleasant. Its surface is not repetitive, so each step is different. Massage pads are usually small and do not allow for walking, but only for stepping in place. Their surface (relief) is repetitive (e.g. many small dots in a row next to each other), so that when you walk on it, you’re repeatedly stimulating the same place on the foot. Moreover, a massage pad laid permanently in the middle of the room doesn’t look very nice.

Can I walk on RootyRUG in shoes?

Yes, you can, but it is not recommended. The raised points would wear out more quickly or be excessively contaminated. If you place it into the hallway and walk over it in your shoes from time to time, no harm done. Walking on the ROOTY around in your shoes, however, does not make sense – the shoes prevent perception of the surface.