What are Foot Rests?
Foot Rests are a simple raised platform which provide a
place for the feet to rest on while performing tasks.
Superior models provide features such as height
adjustability, angle adjustability, foot massage bumps, calf
massagers, radiant heat and even the ability to be easily
moved up and down or repositioned on the floor with just the
What are the Ergonomic Benefits of a Foot Rest?
Foot Rests can provide a number of benefits depending on the
goals of the user and how the Foot Rest is used.
Individuals who have adjusted their chair higher to use the
top of the desk in an ergonomic fashion may find that their
feet are now dangling above the floor. This can lead
to poor posture, back strain and reduced 'reach' when
working (as the individual is not seated in a stable
fashion), and can also reduce circulation to the legs.
Individuals who have poor circulation in the legs can
benefit from a non-locking tilt adjustable Foot Rest which
allows movement in the calf, ankle and feet during a largely
What are Potential Concerns when Considering a Foot Rest?
Once the obvious requirement of physical space for the Foot
Rest under the desk is confirmed, the concerns center more
around ensuring that the Foot Rest will achieve the goals
the user has for it.
If the user requires a very stable footing due to their
personal needs or other equipment (i.e. a dynamic chair),
ensure that only Foot Rests which are capable of having the
tilt movement locked are considered.
If the user has a desk with a return, and the user needs a
Foot Rest when working in both locations, be prepared to
either purchase two Foot Rests or one which can be easily
repositioned between the two sections of the desk.
If the user will use the rest both when sitting and
standing, one must ensure that the range of height
adjustment is sufficient.
For what Types of Tasks / Users are Foot Rests
A suitable Foot Rest can be found for almost any user once
the requirements of that user are clearly outlined.
What range of height adjustment do they require? What
degree of tilt adjustment is required? Does it have to
be capable of being locked at a given angle?
What Physical Injuries or Conditions Typically Benefit
from a Foot Rest?
Individuals who have pain in their lower back, legs and
feet will often see immediate benefits from adding a Foot
Rest to their work station.