Foot Rubz

The little ball that's a sight for sore feet.

My favorite way to explore a city is definitely by foot. I find walking around town is the best way to get the lay of the land when I first arrive in a new place, and it’s the best way to discover all the small streets, shops and sights that you would otherwise miss if you were simply catching a bus or cab from point A to point B.

The problem, however, is that all that walking starts to get rather painful, especially because travel tends to involve a lot more walking than most of our normal “office” lifestyles do. On extended trips, I often find myself walking up to 10k’s a day (which might sound like a lot, but your body does adapt after a couple of weeks of pain!), but even just walking around a museum for an hour or two, plus a bit of shopping and an evening stroll can be quite strenuous when you first start your vacation. You kind of get to the end of your day and are so achy and weary you just want to pass out.

That was pretty much how I felt when I went out of town over the weekend and spent hours each day walking around – my feet and legs were killing by evening. And that’s what led me to purchase this nifty little device that promised to make it all better – a Foot Rubz.

The Foot Rubz is a small, rubber ball with 160 little raised spikes – a design supposedly based on Asian acupressure techniques. You’re meant to place the ball under your foot and roll it along your sole to massage the areas that hurt.

In my experience, the Foot Rubz is great at relieving the pressure in your feet, but what sold me is that I was able to use it to alleviate the tension in my shins/legs as well. I actually feel like you could use this just about anywhere, e.g. an achy back (though you’d obviously need someone to help you for that). The Foot Rubz is also recommended for foot conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, so if you’re a sufferer, it might be worth looking into. For about six bucks and for something that’s small enough to toss in a purse/backpack/suitcase, I can definitely see this taking a permanent spot on my packing list.

What do you think? Have you tried this device or something similar? Do you have any other techniques for relieving sore feet/muscles when you travel?