Recently Sit/Stand desks have become very popular. With most things, sit/stand desks are not without their pitfalls. One of my favorite phrases that is appropriate here is “the best position is the next one.” Sit/stand desk were designed to be adjusted multiple times throughout the day, not just put in one position and left there. One recommendation is to transition every 15 minutes, but I find this to be impractical for most people. While transitioning from sitting to standing hourly is not a beneficial it is more practical and your more likely to do it.
While standing it is best to move your foot position. If you know you’re not going to focus on your foot position throughout the day, there are mats like the Topo Mat that are designed to keep you moving, provide support and give you areas to stretch your feet and lower legs.
Sit/stand desks are a great tool if used properly, but we have seen some new issues with our patients who use sit/stand desks. The most common and surprising has been lateral epicondylitis (aka Tennis Elbow). This comes from keeping the desk too low and arching the wrist back which engages the muscles on the outside of the elbow.
In order to help you prevent issues with using your sit/stand desk we are making this Sit Stand Desk PDF available.