Ways to Elevate Your TKR Leg While Sitting At A Desk

Hi everyone! Here is a reprint of an article I wrote about recuperating while sitting at a desk. You’ve sent a lot of requests for it (thank you!) …so here goes..Enjoy!

Recently, a few of my readers asked for suggestions on ways to sit comfortably at a desk after having their total knee replacement (or any leg injury, for that matter). Here are some ideas that work well for me.

These maneuvers keep the ankle and lower leg swelling down for me much more so than sitting with my fit on the floor. My leg may not be above my heart level, but propping it up does prevent swelling.

I needed something after those “foot rests” just do not do the job that they claim they to. Plus, my methods are more economical. ๐Ÿ™‚ Try these suggestions and see how it goes….

Upside down milk crate. Depending upon the height of your chair, this will provide for a nice leg extension.

Computer hard drive. Sometimes my computer’s hard drive is underneath the desk. This is the perfect height for propping my leg up.

Cardboard storage box. When filled, this will not cave in from your leg’s weight. If not filled, try putting a piece of plywood on the top to prevent caving in.

Exercise ball. Depending on the space available, there are a variety of sizes you can choose from to prop your leg up onto.

Stack of phone books. This is a nice and sturdy way to elevate your leg.

Stack of books. Any book will do. Just stack them high enough to provide you with relief.

Attache case. If wide enough, you will be able to stand it up at just the right height.

Backpack. When filled, backpacks of all shapes and sizes can provide some elevation for you and your leg.

Boombox. This may be less in height than other items, but it will provide elevation.

Step stool. These are great, if you can fit them under your desk. They come in all shapes and sizes, though, so you ought to be able to find one that suits your needs.

Experiment. Whenever you see an item, look at it as a way to elevate your leg. It may work, or it may not.


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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.








Buying a Desk Foot Rest & TKR

Some of you have asked me if I had any information about where to buy foot rests that can be used under a desk. The rests are intended to elevate the tkr leg and keep the swelling down.

I purchased one in excellent condition at my local thrift store. It cost me a whopping $3. There is not even a scratch on it. So…I would recommend looking in thrift stores or consignment shops (although these stores charge more than thrift stores).

Seeing that times are tight for many, there are other ways to stretch the dollar while finding good bargains. Visiting garage sales, estate sales, or simply by letting friends know you’re in the market for one are good ideas. Auctions may be of service, also.

Check out your local Craig’s List, under ‘For Sale’, Sporting. I found a recumbent bike in excellent condition that way. Plus, the sellers only lived ร‚ยฝ mile away and they delivered. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice… You may also want to check under Free, since I have seen tons of exercise equipment just being given away in this category.

And, if you want to buy an unpacked, new foot rest for your tkr leg….Office supply stores, department stores, or superstores such as WalMart are your best bet. Some deliver, just check it out.

Hope this helps….Good luck!!

P.S. I also wrote a blog post a while ago about how to elevate your leg while sitting at a desk without using a specially made foot rest. All methods worked for me. It’s all here somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






7 Months After a Total Knee Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! After taking my walk around the motorcycle course for the 5th time, and 3 times up and down the hill – there are results.ร‚ย  While propping my leg up on a pillow and icing it, I noticed I can feel my knee cap along with the entire knee. What a nice thing to have happen…finally!ร‚ย  Every small step (figuratively and realistically) matters.

Woohoo!!ร‚ย  (I’m kind of wondering if I should let the cat out of the bag since it’ll probably swell back up tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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