Gear Review: A Portable Tool for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

This lightweight miniature massager packs plenty of pain-relief power

Aside from say, a serious knee injury or shin splints, plantar fasciitis is easily considered one of the most painful and frustrating injuries a runner can deal with.

It presents itself in the form of heel pain, especially first thing in the morning with your first few steps of the day and occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot, or the plantar fascia, is overstretched and overused.

For proper healing and recovery from plantar fasciitis, it’s usually advised that you take a few days off from high-impact exercises, a recommendation that most runners just don’t want to hear.

Typical treatments include standard pain relievers like ibuprofen, foot stretches, and icing and massaging the area.

And that’s where Moji’s new foot massager comes into play, especially for those of us who don’t have a significant other or friend willing enough to regularly massage our feet.

Even for athlete’s and everyday exercisers who (luckily) aren’t suffering from plantar fasciitis, the Moji Foot Massager can help to relieve general pain and soreness, increase circulation, and break up scar tissue.

Marisa R. D'Adamo, a board certified Sports Physical Therapist and co-owner of Dash PT in New York City, says that for stubborn cases of plantar fasciitis, “it's best to work on the tissues manually, especially on deep tissue and scar tissue reduction in the fascia.”

In other words, massage is an effective treatment.

The benefit of the Moji Foot Massager, compared with typical self-massage using a tennis or golf ball, is that the multiple spheres allow for you to implement all different types of massage techniques—elongation, cross-friction, or trigger point.

The tool is extremely lightweight, which at first might lead you to believe that it couldn’t deliver a truly deep massage, but when enough pressure is applied, you’ll find that although it’s miniature in both size and weight, the Moji packs plenty of massage power.

And as an added bonus, the fact that it’s so small and light means it can easily be packed and toted along to any destination. Like say, that spring half-marathon you’ve been training for.; $29.99