Ergonomic footrests, which are usually placed under the desk, allow shorter people to plant their feet on a firm surface as they sit. The design of the footrest also promotes active sitting in all users using a rocking motion, which is highly beneficial for blood circulation and muscle tone, and prevents foot pain caused by a sustained and static position.
Each of them offer unique qualities that will cater to people with different needs, so be sure to read each review before making a decision. Most foam based foot rests are fixed in height- too tall or short, and the support you’ll get won’t be perfect.
Bottom Line: the Best ergonomic footrest that introduces constant movements to your feet and legs as you sit. In terms of ergonomics, the best footrest shouldn’t just prop up your feet, so they’re not dangling, but also encourage constant movements to prevent blood clogs and swelling.
The rocking motion isn’t just great for restless people, but also encourages much needed blood circulation in your lower extremities as you sit. Made from plastic and rubber, this is a lightweight product that can be used on hardwood floor without scratching or sliding.
Many owners have lauded how beneficial the footrest has been in terms of encouraging movement, reducing swelling, and even making sitting that much more enjoyable as a result. Bottom Line: A large massaging surface and perfect 20-degree tilt to put your feet in a comfortable position out of the box.
Like the Huang footrest, Eureka’s product boasts some textured grooves to help massage the feet. The usable surface is a lot larger however, with a stable platform that doesn’t rock easily.
For eco-friendly buyers, Eureka notes that this product is made using environmentally friendly TPR rubber. If you are much shorter, however, you will need to either lower your chair or use some magazines underneath the foot rest to make contact with it.
Looking like a portable black JBL speaker that was cut in half, this footrest cushion really shouts comfort to your feet. For example, flip this footrest over, and it instantly becomes a rocker for your feet that encourages active sitting instead of just static support.
I also love the trod surface that is non-slip, even on wooden floors, unlike many similar foam footrests. This means the foam is resistant to bacterial growth, and also unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
Half-cylindrical shape allows users to switch between rocking and non-rocking modes Lightweight and portable design enables ergonomic support wherever you go Covered cushion is machine washable Bottom Line: The best footrest for standing desks and short people, with a maximum height of 10.25” and ultra stable base.
Ok, the Vito standing foot rest won’t win any awards for beauty, though none of that really matters when it comes to ergonomics. Throw in an all metal frame that is as secure as any foot rest I’ve tested, and you are in good hands.
At the lowest height setting of 5”, you can use this foot rest under the desk, though the lack of angle adjustment is a let down. Raise the platform up to its maximum setting though, and this becomes the ideal foot rest for standing desks.
Take turns resting your feet on the large platform as you work, and notice just how much more mileage that gives you in terms of better blood circulation and being able to stand longer. The surface of the Vito Standing Desk Foot Rest is textured to prevent your feet from sliding off easily.
The curved bottom lets you to constantly back and forth as you rest your feet, bringing much needed micro movements to your body. Large foot area surface measuring 17.7 by 10.8 Durable Laban hardwood plywood construct that supports up to 350lbs Acts as both a footrest and rocker to bring movements to your body as you sit or stand.
The Sleepy Ride Footrest may just be the perfect companion for your legs and feet on long hauled flights. The straps are adjustable, letting you shorten or lengthen it depending on whether you wish to dangle your lower leg or feet on the supporting pouch.
Sleepy Ride claims that this item has been tested to prevent soreness and swelling caused by a sustained static position and blood pooling in the legs. Indeed, many owners of this foot rest praise how much of a difference it has made on flights for their lower extremities.
While this is a great foot rest on planes or even buses with trays behind the seats, how much benefit you will get from this product however is largely dependent on the amount of legroom available in front of you. To maintain a natural posture, your feet should be positioned flat on the ground when sitting or standing.
While good ergonomic chairs can accommodate different body shapes and sizes, most of them neglect your feet’s comfort and proper posture, to great detriment. Shorter people who are unable to touch their feet to the ground and instead let them dangle off their seats is just asking for problems down the road.
Conversely, people who have to stretch to touch their feet to the floor can experience stress and strain on muscles, ligaments, and tendons in their legs, which can cause nerve pain. This contraction and extension allows the skeletal-muscle pump to circulate blood from the lower limbs back to the heart.
Footrests improve posture by raising the user’s knees above the hips, which help avoid stretching of ligaments and tendons that can lead to long-term problems. A proper posture also reduces the chance of injuries to ligaments, tendons, and muscles that can result in nerve damage.
For example, people who have had hip replacements and knee or ankle surgeries will appreciate the extra support provided by a footrest because they don’t need to stretch their legs so out far to reach a solid surface. Moreover, ergonomic footrests can help these people maintain a normal position for their feet, which assists in the recovery process.
Textured surfaces (dotted or ribbed) that massage the feet can keep you comfortable and induce blood circulation in your lower limbs. Robustness depends on the material (e.g. steel, wood, plastic) or design (e.g. triangular or large bases or thick frames that increase the contact area with the ground).
Whether it is steel, wood, or plastic, low-quality material can make your foot resting experience a short-lived one, even if the design is top-notch. Portability can be a make-or-break feature for people on the go, so they will value product aspects like lightweightedness and small size and design, which allow them to take their footrests onto the plane or into the car.
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