We’ve always known it: carpet is better for our feet, ankles, knees and back.
The Swedish study was initiated by the Swedish Work Environment Authority (SWEA). It concludes that carpet in the workplace is better for feet and helps prevent injuries more than hard floor coverings.
The study refers to a report that documented employees' pain at a work facility. Employees had been reporting pain in their feet, knees, hip joints, and lower spine. The employees' pain was caused, the report states, by “ergonomic problems due to the floor covering in the building.”
The Swedish study examines how different flooring materials absorb shock and the findings are not surprising. Softer floor coverings support feet better, the study finds, which keeps people from suffering from pain similar to that experienced by the employees.
Ingvar Dekmer, the main researcher of the study, states that, “the clinical study… shows that changing to a softer floor covering results in a significant reduction of pain in feet.”
All of this may seem obvious to most of us Americans because the majority of our public areas have carpeting, but in Sweden most public places have hard floors.
Carpeted floors have other distinct advantages, but reducing discomfort in feet will always be at the top of the list.