How to Choose Flooring for Better Foot Health


Warm floor concept. Close-up of female legs stepping by hardwood floor at home



With two National days involving feet this month, August is the time to be thinking about foot health. First up is National Wiggle Your Toes Day on August 6th, 2019. This is a day to go for a barefoot walk in the grass or sand and, you guessed it, wiggle your toes!

August 17th, 2019, we celebrate National I LOVE My Feet Day, which is a day to acknowledge our feet and take steps (pun intended!) to keep them happy and healthy.

One way to celebrate our feet is to ensure that we’re treating them well at home. Here are some tips on how to choose the right flooring for your foot health.


Soft Floor = Happy Feet


Hard flooring can have very little shock absorption. When you take a step and there is no give, your body absorbs the shock. Over time, this can lead to pain and discomfort. The softer the floor, the more shock absorption there is and the less strain it puts on your feet.


Softer Flooring Options

Carpet is the softest flooring option. Installing carpet where possible will help with shock absorption. There are options like cork for areas like kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms, where installing carpet is not ideal.

Cork is a great choice for softer flooring in areas where you don’t want carpet, but do want some cushion. Cork is engineered to be soft and durable. Cork flooring does not absorb water and will not grow mold.


Rubber flooring is a durable, washable material that can be utilized to help soften areas like garage floors or playrooms. Rubber flooring comes in a range of styles and sizes to best fit your needs.



Underlayment is a thin layer of padding that is placed under the floor you walk on and above what’s called the subfloor. It creates a protective barrier to keep moisture and dirt from damaging the subfloor. It also works as a noise dampener and helps cushion the flooring, so it’s more comfortable to walk on.

There are many underlayment options, so our staff members can help you decide what’s right for you based on your priorities and floor type.

If you’re not in the market for a new floor, but you suspect your foot pain is coming from your hard floors, utilizing rugs in heavy traffic areas may help. Rugs are a versatile and inexpensive way to add cushion to your floors where you need it most. We happen to have the largest selection of rugs in the area!

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