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    13 Under-The-Desk Foot Rests That'll Actually Make Sitting At Your Desk Relaxing

    Never hunch over your desk like a goblin again. Some sweet relief for your aching back and feet is here.

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    1. A bestselling ergonomic foot rest with three different heights that reviewers say works great if your feet don't touch the ground or if you suffer from foot, back, or knee pain. It's got a slight swivel to it so you can increase circulation to your lower body.


    Promising review: "Excellent! I have three of these β€” one at home under the dining table and one each under two different desks at work. I tried several approaches to plantar fasciitis and none seemed like a good approach. I no longer try to do any foot stretches, roller therapy, special socks, medicines, etc. since simply keeping my feet on one of these when I am around them is all that I need β€” it is comfortable and very easy to remember to do. As far as my own personal experience, I would highly recommend this. Update: My wife's and my plantar fasciitis both went away totally after two weeks. No more usage needed. In short, these worked excellently for our own cases. We were in total pain before but not afterward. My wife's doctor was ready to operate on her but we have since learned that this would have caused lifelong walking difficulties for the rest of her life. Very very pleased. : )" β€”DaleC

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A velvet foot rest that's super soft, so your body can finally get the sweet relief it deserves as you grind away at your desk. It's convertible between a rocker and a stay-in-place foot rest, giving you multiple options to relieve the stiffness.,

    Promising review: "Freaking love this thing! I have to sit for like 8–10 hours a day right now in the early years of med school and it’s been a game changer for my back! I mostly use it upside down so I can rock my feet back and forth but I like the soft side, too, when I’m trying to sit still. Highly recommend if you have a sore tailbone at the end of a long work/study day." β€”Bails

    Get it from Amazon for $39.67+ (available in velvet or mesh).

    3. A foot rest that tilts up to 20 degrees, so that your long-suffering joints can let loose. It's constructed from a metal frame and has rubber feet to protect your floors., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great foot rest for under my desk. It will deter my bad habit of sitting with my feet under my chair, which is totally bad for my plantar fasciitis. After reading reviews of several different foot rests, I chose this one based on the sturdy metal frame and no plastic to potentially break. It is comfortable with shoes, socks, or just bare feet with a nice rubbery platform. The width is great and it moves with ease. Since being required to work from home for five months now I should have bought this a few months ago!" β€”Devon

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    4. A splurge-worthy Humanscale ergonomic foot rocker designed to engage your lower leg muscles, relieving pressure on your lower back as well.


    Promising review: "This is the best foot rest you can get. I have tried all types and this moving foot rest adjusts to your needs and has wonderful massaging balls in the middle. This was a great added benefit after a long day on your feet." β€”Laura P.

    Get it from Humanscale for $99.

    5. A climate control foot rest with cool-fan, low-heat, and high-heat settings. On top of that, you can also adjust the height and the angle, so you can work serenely at your desk while your officemates' toes freeze or overheat.


    For more products to warm up your perpetually cold hands and feet, we've got this list.

    Promising review: "I work in a cold office all day long and on those freezing winter days I am glad I have this. Not only does this foot rest keep me comfortable at my desk, but it warms me up. Most of the time I keep it on high and I am fine for a 8–10 hour shift that I work at my desk. I am about 5'2" and have had no problem getting this to a comfortable height that I can work from and not have any issues. The legs are adjustable and you can set it at a height that works for you. I have had my foot rest for a year now and it's still going strong. In the summer I use the cooling function and it works well. I would purchase another one in a heartbeat. This is not a space heater so you're not going to get the same level of heat, but a pair of socks will make a world of difference! I am in my office about 60+ hours a week so this has been a great addition to my desk to make me more comfortable. I think the price is right for what you're getting." β€”kellyg

    Get it from Amazon for $48.64.

    6. An under-desk foot hammock providing an escape from your Monday morning Zoom meeting as you swing your feet back and forth and pretend you're on a tropical island.,

    Promising review: "I have always worked remote, and some days when I am sitting in front of a computer for over 12 hours, I find it hard to get comfortable and I feel restless. When I elevated my feet on an ottoman, it was good, but not great. I needed something that would not take up so much space, and that I could adjust the elevation level for. When I came across this product I was skeptical, especially how it was going to be mounted on the desk. It was very easy to install and adjust the level of elevation. It is also very comfortable. I use this 90% of the time when I am at my desk. It makes it very relaxing to just sit back and elevate my feet. I wish I bought this item sooner!" β€”Paula B

    Get it from Amazon for $15.96 (available in two colors).

    7. A foot rest with an added support bar ingeniously providing you with several foot-elevation options so you don't have to commit or succumb to your back pain!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I've purchased two other under-desk foot rests. The ones that are all plastic, the wheels break under pressure. There's a metal one that slides on metal braces, doesn't break easily, but it's sometimes a problem to get it to lock in place. This one, however, is a solid-metal frame with a padded tall part for putting your feet up level to your body, and the foot rest part has three height adjustments that are separate holders so you will lift the rest up to move it to another slipping out of the opening! I've had this now for about two months and I love it as much as the day I got it. It also has little raised nodules on the foot part so if you are barefoot or in socks, you can massage your feet. I'm buying more of these as office gifts for friends." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    8. A shoulder-width footstool rocker with an extra-grippy surface you can roll your feet on in any direction you want. Your sore back will thank you later!, Amazon

    StrongTek is a small business started by two brothers, a former data scientist and NASA engineer, to help solve their chronic back pain.

    Promising review: "This foot rest is absolutely well built and practical. My 220-pound husband stood on it for a few minutes, and the stool held his weight steadily. I use this footstool at work (after having tried all of the plastic/adjustable ones that were stiff, limiting, and broke in less than a year each time). This wooden stool has a unique design that allows you to roll your ankle to any position you want throughout the day. The height is perfect, and you can even slide your feet more or less centered in order to change the height of your heels from the floor. It's also great to be able to flex the feet in BOTH directions throughout the day (toes down or toes up). I even use this foot stool as an Achilles/fascia stretch aide by placing it in front of a wall, standing on it facing the wall, and then rolling my toes upward/heels downward. This truly is a special product, built with innovation and practicality in mind. I highly recommend this to any size/height person looking to give their legs and feet a varied break throughout the workday. :)" β€”ABT

    Get it from Amazon for $38.95.

    9. An anti-fatigue mat for standing desks if you stand all day for work and desperately need to break up the boredom. This mat balances from side to side, giving your muscles a slight workout while you work.,

    Promising review: "I've been using an adjustable standing desk for three months now and while it did make me feel better, I often just felt tired. I would also get bored and find myself slouching or shifting most of my weight to one leg. Basically, I bought a standing desk and created new bad habits. I've been using this balance board for one day and I can already tell that it's a game changer. I can shift my weight back and forth to keep my legs busy. I love the soft, textured dots and ridges. The massage bar at the front is very nice as well and encourages me to move my feet. The main thing is that I haven't slouched once since I started using the board! I have no desire to lower my desk and take a break like I used to feel about every 40 minutes. I'm really in love with this board and highly recommend it." β€”Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    10. A height-adjustable platform foot rest ideal for sitting or standing desk dwellers who need a foot rest that can adapt to the height they need. It ranges between 6" and 11" from the floor, so you can adjust between sitting and standing!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Have you ever had to sit in an office chair for about 5 million hours for work? Worst of all, with high desks, you will willingly or unwillingly end up elevating your office chair. This means a greater portion of your legs' weight is suspended by the knees, and less is resting on the floor. This plus time is the formula for KNEE PAIN! Who knew your knees and legs could hurt so badly without spending a minute at the gym? The VIVO Ergonomic Height Adjustable Foot rest Relief Platform (aka foot rest) has saved my life at the office by relieving this excruciating knee pain! At first glance, you look at this thing, and it's like, $40 for two pieces of metal and a furry surface? No way! But the pain was so excruciating, and other foot rests are seemingly small with no adjustability. So I caved...worth every PENNY! The pressure is gone, no more pain, I feel like a million bucks! I can now go to the gym without preemptive pain! I can now talk to my boss without a piece of my mind preoccupied with my knee pain! I can now sit normally and not have people watch me squirm around in my seat! My life has officially changed!" β€”Rafael

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

    11. A memory foam platform foot rest soft enough so your feet can have a spa day under your desk, but sturdy enough to support your joints. It also has a foot pedal adjustment system so you don't have to leave your chair to get it to the desired tilt.


    Promising review: "I wanted to wait for a few days to use it before writing this review. I had bought another foot rest before this one that didn't work and I had to return it. This one was much more expensive than the first one was worth every penny! I love that it adjusts, so depending on how my body is feeling I can adjust this differently each day. I work from home in front of a computer for hours so I needed a foot rest especially to combat my knee joint pain. It is very comfortable and I use it barefoot or with socks, slippers. I don't wear shoes on it. The padding is very comfortable, not squishy. And it's the right size to fit under my desk. I would highly recommend this product!" β€”kimsdesign

    Get it from Amazon for $54.49.

    12. An ergonomic memory foam foot rest your feet will absolutely love for the dual rocker function and the fact that the plush yet supportive foam will feel like a massage for your overworked ankles.


    Promising review: "A really useful, nice, clever, simple product. It can be used either rounded side up or down. In my case (5'3"), it is sufficiently high to relieve the pressure of sitting on a chair, as well as of the lower back. It is also a nice exercise when used with the rounded, rocking side down. There is a velcroed base of about 2 inches that can be removed if you are a taller person and don't need all the height. The black case is removable for washing. The inner foam is quite sturdy yet comfortable and portends many years of use. The rectangular base (both in fact) have little anti-skid dots so that the item won't slide while being used. I do recommend." β€”ethical-and-fair

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95+ (available in three colors).

    13. And a teardrop-shaped foot rest made to keep your toes both rested and engaged, so working at your desk doesn't have to be a torturous affair.,

    Promising review: "This little teardrop-shaped wedge of memory foam is amazing. I had no idea that I needed something like this until I saw it. After sitting at my desk working on the computer for eight-plus hours a day, my back would be really hurting at the end of the day. Not anymore. I was using a box to prop my feet up, but that made it worse. This is the best replacement. It measures 17"x9.5"x5" and it is a great size for under your desk. It has a nonslip bottom and a removable cover, which makes it easier to clean. The cover material and stitching are good quality too. The teardrop shape is smart because if you're a person that needs to fidget a bit just flip it over and you can rock your feet back and forth. They claim it keeps your spine aligned and takes the pressure off of your back. All I know is that it works. My back feels so much better. I highly recommend this." β€”Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    Stuck in your office chair for eight hours a day? Now at least your back won't hurt.

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