High-Heeled Ergonomics: Stay Comfortable at Work in High Heels

by Shannon C on April 30, 2013

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Adjusting your workstation for high heels

Photo: Alfred Bosker/Flickr

I know, I know, there is nothing ergonomic about wearing high heels, but that doesn’t stop me. Wedges, pumps, stilettos, platforms and strappy sandals — I wear them all, and I love them all. The thing is, each pair is slightly different, so every day I have to adjust my workstation to accommodate my ever-changing height. When I read a blog post from Humantech on adjusting your work surface for high heels, I could completely identify; I go through this little dance every day! And they offer some great advice for adjusting each component of your workstation to keep things ergonomic, even if your feet are aching!

I generally start the day standing at my adjustable height desk, so it’s an easy enough adjustment. I just pull out my keyboard tray, and adjust my desk until my forearms are parallel to the floor while my elbows are comfortably resting at my sides.

From there, I generally move to a seated position. My seat is usually too low from the day before (more on that later), so I adjust the height of the seat first, so that my feet are flat on the floor, but my hips are in line with my knees and not below. Then, I lower my desk to a comfortable position, and, if necessary, I make slight adjustments to my keyboard tray and monitor arm.

One factor that always affects the adjustments on my desk is the treadmill at my workstation. For that, I have a pair of walking shoes that I substitute for my usual platforms, and I have a pre-set position saved on my desk, because that one is always the same. Once I’m done walking, I generally move back to sitting. However, I don’t always feel like changing my shoes right away, so, when I sit back down, my chair is usually too high. Down it goes, until my feet can rest flat on the floor. Then, at the end of the day, I squeeze those pumps back on so I can look fabulous for whatever after-work activities I have planned. The next day, I start the process all over again.

Having an adjustable workstation with an adjustable height desk, an adjustable chair and a keyboard tray definitely gives me the freedom to express myself as an individual through my footwear!

Learn more about our adjustable workstations at TheHumanSolution.com

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Shannon is on the content and sales team at THS. She has previously worked as a professional ballet dancer and dance instructor, and really appreciates working in an environment where she has the option of standing or even walking on a treadmill while she works. When she’s not working, she loves to try to find new and interesting ways to stay active, cooking and attending as many theatre and dance productions as possible.

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