Moji Foot Review
Fascia is connective tissue that provides support and protection for the body’s musculature. When the body’s systems are at peace, the fascia that surrounds muscles enhances mechanical function. But, as endurance athletes are well aware, when overtraining occurs, fascia can become restrictive and painful.
Plantar fasciitis is a common and troubling tightness of the connective tissue running underfoot. Heel and foot pain result. While rest-and-stretch therapy provides some relief, it’s hardly sufficient for those – like me – with limited patience.
Enter the Moji Foot. The Moji Foot is a compact and lightweight self-myofascial release device engineered to provide relief and recovery from foot pain including plantar fasciitis.
The device works well. I’ve grown accustomed to having it under my desk for daily treatments of my persistent jogger’s heel. The Moji Foot is recommended both as treatment for runners with jogger’s heel and as a feel-good massage device for those on their feet all day.
Moji Foot Design & Materials
The apparatus is circular and disc-like, measuring roughly four inches in diameter and just over an inch tall. Five rotating spheres are embedded in the top of the assembly in housings that result in a distinctly bug-eye look.
The housings allow for 360-degree rotation of the balls, which collectively provide the massage action that releases the plantar fascia. The spheres’ rotation is consistent regardless of the amount of pressure applied. The balls rotate freely but not quickly and thus work well for the task of low-effort foot massage.
To keep the device from sliding on the floor it has a rubberized slip-resistant base. The base does provide some slip resistance, but I would have preferred more stability. It works best on carpeted surfaces. On hardwood floors, the Moji is prone to some movement.
The body of the Moji Foot is dark gray molded plastic. The spheres are orange plastic. Overall, the assembly is attractive and modern. I personally dig the style.
Moji Foot Function
Instructions for use of the device are simple. Place it on the floor, move your chair in front of it, place the arch of your foot atop the bug-eyes, and slowly roll your foot across the spheres.
The Moji Foot is designed to accommodate elongation massage, cross-friction work and trigger point manipulation. In my use, those three types of massage have tended to mold into one as I work my foot.
I’ve found use of the Moji to be completely intuitive. It would be difficult to get things wrong with the device. And the results, for me, were immediate and excellent. Within one five-minute session of use, the tension between my heel and toes had dissolved. And I feel as if the flexibility under my tarsals has increased.
Because of the good results and ease of use, I made the Moji Foot a fixture under my desk. I found short daily sessions provided both immediate short-term pain relief and incremental longer-term recovery from running.
At first, the Moji Foot’s propensity to slip around on the hardwood floor under my desk was mildly irritating. During my first few days with the device I would have liked a more slip-resistant base. However, as I became more adept at using the it, the slippage became a non-issue. I found benefit in being able to reposition the Moji without my hands to work my feet from different angles.
Moji Foot Other Comments
The small size of the Moji Foot and its minimal weight – it registers at just a pound – make it easy to toss in my purse when I hit the road. During a recent business trip that forced a long day on my feet I was very happy to have it with me. That trip,by the way, was done by car. I have not tested whether the Moji Foot is TSA-friendly for carry-ons, but would venture a guess in that it would be fine to take for your next trip.
The Moji Foot Final Thoughts
The Moji Foot is an inexpensive and easy way to reduce foot pain and manage plantar fasciitis. It makes sense for runners and those who spend long hours on their feet. It’s become a handy tool in my daily routine.
For more information, visit gomoji.com.