The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Ergonomic Equipment To Help Your Feet, Legs & Knees

Posted by on Monday, July 8th, 2013

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Ergonomic design is an important area of study because it helps us to prevent injuries at work. Whether it be carpal tunnel from repetitive use, a stiff knee from sitting all day, or swollen feet, ergonomic products offer the best solutions science can offer. The CDC recommends incorporating healthy work tools, stretching and using proper posture to feel healthier and happier at work.

Foot Rest

Swelling occurs when blood pools in the feet from long periods of inactivity. There are many different types of ergonomic design foot rests to consider — from the half-cylinder foam design that prevents the legs from dangling and provides added supportive comfort, to the rocking foot rest which simulates motion and encourages circulation.

Ergonomic Leg Rests

To keep swelling down to a minimum, a leg rest is sometimes the  best addition to the cubicle. There are many conditions for which we recommend the use of a leg rest — back pain, bunions, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, edema, heavy leg syndrome, knee injuries, neuromuscular disorders, pregnancy, and varicose veins.

Leg Heaters

Do you wear a skirt to work, but find you are often terribly cold at your desk during the winter? The Cozy Legs 150-watt leg warmer can mount to your desk and provide added heat, so you can focus on your work and keep your legs comfortable.

Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats

If you have a job where you stand a lot — like working at a laboratory, hair salon, assembly line, cash register, bar / restaurant, or pharmacy —  then consider investing in a mat that provides extra cushioning. People who suffer from leg cramps, plantar fasciitis and lower back pain can benefit from a softer surface to stand on — not to mention, custom orthotics and proper footwear.

 

Chair Cushion

A cushion for your chair can alleviate pain, numbness and stiffness in the lower legs. It also works wonders for low back pain.

Compression Stockings

Nurses, airline stewardesses, travelers, athletes, waitresses and other people who are on their feet a lot may invest in compression stockings to reduce edema and improve circulation. Those who wish to reduce the appearance of varicose veins and prevent blood clots in the legs should wear these stockings as well. We recommend compression stockings for our diabetic patients and those with cardiopulmonary conditions.

Of course, ergonomic equipment is only part of the battle. The study of ergonomics also involves knowing how and where to position your body while at work. You can check out the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s checklist to learn more about the ideal way to sit at a computer work station. You can also visit a NYC podiatrist to learn more about how to treat your chronic condition.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.