How do you use a footrest at a desk?

There has been a lot of attention paid to the issues caused by poor sitting position in office chairs.  One of the most recommended solutions to reduce back pain and discomfort caused by ill-fitting chairs is to use an ergonomic chair that offers lumbar support. 

While the ergonomic chair will provide relief, using a footrest will be required in some situations to alleviate some of the chronic issues developed while sitting for a long time in a sedentary position. A footrest assists in relieving back tension by taking the load off your limbs.  A footrest also aids blood circulation by reducing the pressure on the soles of the feet. 

office ergonomic footrest

For short office workers whose feet dangle when they sit in an office chair, a footrest is mandatory because sitting with your feet dangling in the air for an extended period of time will lead to cramps.  The footrest is also highly recommended for workers who have to elevate their chairs upwards to meet up to the height of a fixed desk.  In both cases, the footrest will aid productivity while acting as a comfortable barrier between the soles of the feet and the floor. 

Ergonomic Footrest

There are several ways to use a footrest for office sitting.  In the sitting position, a footrest is placed in front of the chair in a position to bring the knees in alignment with the hips.  A footrest can also be used for workers who stand at their desk.  It can be placed to the side of either the right or left leg, for the worker to place their legs on to alleviate the tension that comes with standing for extended periods.  It can also be placed in front of a standing worker to be used instead of a foot rail.  The footrest still achieves the same objective in this position, of reducing the discomfort felt due to standing. 

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