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Ergonomic Footrest

Updated on February 17, 2014

Why Are Ergonomic Footrests Really Useful

An ergonomic footrest might not mean much to somebody who hasn't tried one. Usually people associate ergonomic with an office chair or maybe a keyboard, and they are surprised when I show them my own footrest that I use at home when working at my computer all day long.

But let me tell you that an adjustable footrest for desk has many health benefits that can truly help especially with your bad and feet problems. For example, a friend of mine who is pregnant is using one of these pregnant foot rest gadgets, and she swears that her feet feel much, much better!

This article will talk about the main benefits of an ergonomic foot rest, what features you can expect in one before you buy your own, and will showcase some of the most popular office footrest pieces that are worth getting (not all footrests are in fact ergonomic).

The footrest shown here is the popular 3M Adjustable Foot Rest, 22 Inch Wide Slip-resistant Platform.

Kensington 56146 Solemate Plus Adjustable Footrest

Kensington adjustable footrest
Kensington adjustable footrest

This is my very favorite ergonomic footrest. It has many features that make it a popular office and health product overall that we can all greatly benefit from (I know I do):

- Supports your legs to avoid fatigue and tired musles

- Feet are nonskid so the footrest is fully stable on the floor

- In features a shock-absorbing gel which helps the feet to become rested, as well as removing stress on pressure points

- You can easily adjust the angle any time you want to change it to have a perfect angle for your feet

rocking footrest
rocking footrest

Main Benefits Of An Ergonomic Footrest

Whether working from home or in an office all day long at a computer, or in a laboratory, prolonged sitting over days, weeks, month and years in the same place WILL leave its mark on the body, especially on the feet and the lower back.

Many people have ended up vising their physician due to pain and feeling of strain on the various lower parts of the body.

This in turn leads to lower productivity, missing out on work days and overall a decrease in enjoyment at work.

This is why an ergonomic footrest, also called an office footrest or a footrest for desk (take your pick), is like a godsend to all of us.

There are many companies who are providing their employees with an office footrest, however many still don't. If this is the case, I strongly urge you to buy one for yourself. These footrests are not that expensive and they might save you from a lot of health problems down the road.

Kensington Solemate Comfort Footrest with SmartFit System

Kensington Solemate Comfort Footrest with SmartFit System
Kensington Solemate Comfort Footrest with SmartFit System

Here is another popular height adjutable footrest which helps you while working in the office. The Kensington solemate comfort footrest has a foot pedal which gives you the freedom to adjust the footrest without even moving away from your chair.

The memory foam material gives a pleasant feel to your feet feet (I've seen one of my colleagues taking off their shoes and using it with their bare feet). The surface is anti-slip, so that the feet remain on the footrest without slipping.

It has an adjustable height raning from 3.5-5 inches and with an adjustable angle of up to 30 degrees, allowing for personalized comfort at work.

Very easy setup using the SmartFit system.

If you are working sitting all day long, can you see the need for an ergonomic foot rest?

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What To Look For In An Ergonomic Footrest Before Buying

The fact is that many people when organizing their office workstation, they put a lot of effort in making sure their upper body is perfectly comfortable. But they usually forget about the lower body, which also needs it comfort and rest in order for the entire body to function properly.

There are many footrests on the market today an buying the right one might be a bit difficult if you don't know what to look for.

Some footrests are perfect, while others are just so-so, while some are simply useless or downright dangerous to your feet.

So here are some things you need to know about a footrest for desk that will help relieve pressure and strain from your legs, back and your neck when sitting at a pc desk all day long.

An ergonomic footrest should provide the following features:

  1. Encourage movement of the feet and allow adjusting of the body throughout the day
  2. Feature a corrugated or a slip resistant surface to avoid slipping of the feet from it
  3. Height and tilt adjustable for allowing perfect ergonomic alignment of the feet while sitting
  4. The construction material should be strong,durable, preferably steel (avoid plastic)
  5. Shouldn't be too bulky so that it easily fits between the chair and the workstation wall
  6. Easily adjustable with no additional tools needed
  7. Light to carry

3M Adjustable Foot Rest

3M ergonomic footrest
3M ergonomic footrest

3M is a name that doesn't really need introductions. The company is known for their innovative spirit in creating new products that can make a difference.

So is the 3M adjustable footrest shown here. It is truly a stable foot support that can be easily adjusted for getting the best ergonomic benefits of a foot rest. With this piece reducing neck, lower back and foot strain is a given.

Because the platform is quite big you have plenty of place to shift your legs as the day goes by. Legs should not be motionless throughout the day for better blood flow circulation.

Also because of the solid heavy-duty steel, it will easily outlast any other "elegant" footrest made of plastic, regardless of cute that might be.

This is a sturdy and stable footrest that will serve you well over the years.

Footrest During Pregnancy

Should you use an ergonomic foottrest during pregnancy when you're working? In short, a resounding yes!

Studies have shown that slightly elevated feet help with proper blood flow which the baby needs. Also pregnant women have more problems with swollen feet and lower back pains.

A good ergonomic footrest will help relieve the swelling of the feet and will help relieve the pressure points in your lower back. Also you can use a small pillow or cushion for better lower back support.

For best results keep switching often your feet on the footrest during the day.

Webble Ergonomic Office Footrest

Webble Ergonomic Office Footrest (Silver)
Webble Ergonomic Office Footrest (Silver)

The Webble ergonomic footrest for office has an interesting iconic shape that includes a spring suspension and a patented mesh membrate. This allows for the perfect feet support, proper blood circulation, best posture and increased flexibility during work.

You can use it at home or at work anytime you need to sit for a couple of hours relatively in a motionless position.

For extra great feel, remove your shoes and allow your feet to be gently massaged and floating on hte mesh material. It gives an extremely comfortable feel!

 

Safco 5124 Ergonomic Industrial footrest

Safco 5124 Ergonomic Industrial footrest
Safco 5124 Ergonomic Industrial footrest

Some people might find this footrest a bit intimidating, but it is an extremely comfortable ergonomic footrest. Maybe the name plays also a part because it says "industrial" and it automatically takes us to a factory setting, something of a heavy-duty nature.

However let me tell you that the Safco ergonomic industrial footrest is the perfect office footrest for any office worker.

Once you get this, you'll fight tooth and nail should anyone try to snatch it away from under your feet.

It's extremely comfortable!

When working in an office or at home sitting all day long, are you using any kind of ergonomic item for your body?

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Ergonomic Wrist Cushions - These wrist rest pads are needed to keep your hand strain-free while typing away

Thank you for visiting my ergonomic footrest lens. Please leave your comments below.

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      simmonlindle 3 years ago

      I do not use ergonomic footrest that much because most time I works using my tablet and through walking, standing and less time sitting. Though I think ergonomic footrest is a great supportive for people those sits most time before computer. Highly recommended!!

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I use a back support and a wrist pad, too bad I couldn't click both. Might have to check into a food rest as I notice when I sit at home my plantar fasciitis acts up afterwards.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I never thought about needing an ergonomic footrest but you may have convinced me. I will certainly think about this.

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      comfortyourfeet 4 years ago

      These footrest are so great-we neglect our feet too much. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I've never heard of ergonomic footrests - what a brilliant idea!

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Nice practical lens on a great idea.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I actually had bosses laugh at me when I bought foot rests, telling me that I should just lower my chair so I could reach the floor. (And yes, they were all tall males who laughed.) I am glad I had the guts to ignore them. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Luckily, my workstation is designed for ergonomics. Certainly a must have for folks who sit in a single place for work all day. Great selections and sound advice!