Ways to Elevate Your TKR Leg While Sitting At A Desk

Hi everyone! Here is a popular article I wrote about ways to elevate your tkr leg while sitting at a desk. You’ve sent a lot of requests for it (thank you!) …so here goes..Enjoy this tkr blog post!

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. 🙂 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 tkr leg while sitting at a desk. It may work, or it may not.

Since I originally published this tkr blog post about ways to elevate your tkr leg while sitting at a desk, I have received news about some wonderful new products on the market. They are manufactured by a woman-owned business in Oregon known as ErgoUp. Their products are ergonomically designed and amazing!

ErgoUP Leg RestErgoUP is MADE IN THE USA!

Click on the blue text to be taken to their website:  Elevate Your Legs At Your Desk        

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

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

11 thoughts on “Ways to Elevate Your TKR Leg While Sitting At A Desk”

  1. Christy Sinclair

    Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  2. Hi Christy,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your positive comment. I’m glad you find the information helpful, that’s always nice to hear.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  3. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content!

  4. none of these will work for me not high enough need to elevate due to blood clot need it high enough to put a hot compress under it

  5. tornligament patient

    don’t u need to elevate it above your heart level? but great ideas nevertheless. gonna try it out

  6. If seated, what would be best height for raising legs. When reclining I know that just above heart level is best, but I’m in the office all day.

  7. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your tkr question. I prop my leg up until parallel to ground,or as close as possible. You may be different. Good luck!

  8. Mackie Karevski

    Thanks for the ideas – I am currently using my office bin under my desk and rolled a scarf to act as a pillow.

  9. It’s so nice to read something helpful instead of negative on the Internet. Thanks for this great article! Since I am 70, It helps alot.

  10. The problem with using random objects is finding the right height, distance and keeping the knee from hyper-extending. We manufacture the perfect device for safely, ergonomically, elevating your leg while working in an office chair. It’s called the ErgoUP.

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