Have you noticed the media covering the current standing desk craze? It seems like there’s an article or news story every month telling us that “sitting is the new smoking” and encouraging office workers to transition to a desk that requires them to stand while they’re at work. So what’s the truth? Study after study has demonstrated that a sedentary lifestyle that includes long periods of sitting at work or watching television is detrimental to overall good health but are these standing desks a good idea? Maybe…and maybe not.
Standing can increase energy and improve the ability to focus, but standing for too long can make you tired. Further, if you work in a cubicle and standing raises your head above the height of the divider, you might be more distracted.
Inactivity and sitting for long stretches can lead to stiffness and swelling in your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Standing keeps everything moving and reduces the risk of edema (swelling), but standing for too long can put a lot of pressure and stress on your feet. If you stand for most of your work day, proper shoes and a cushioned mat are important. Your podiatrist can prescribe custom orthotics for additional cushioning and support.
Of course, standing and walking all day increase the possibility of a fall and resulting foot and ankle injuries. If you opt for a standing desk, please stay safe. Wear sensible shoes with non-skid soles.
If you’re considering a standing desk, the first thing you should do is see your podiatrist to ensure that your feet are healthy enough to withstand the change. With years of training and experience, a foot doctor like Dr. James M. McKee is a medical specialist and the best-qualified medical professional to assess the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Visit Podiatry Group of Annapolis in Annapolis, MD or call 410-224-4448 or contact us online to get started today.