Each of the podiatry stools in our selection is designed to help prevent back and neck strains, muscle and hand fatigue and a clunky workflow. Whether you're stationary in your own clinic or you provide in-patient support and need a stool that can travel around with you, you'll be able to find the right product here.
Being comfortable at your job will allow you to provide better and more effective care for your patients. Studies have shown that the negative physical impact facing podiatrists and those in podiatry-related fields is great. Improper posture, long hours and nerve impingement from repetitive movements are all risks foot care nurses face over the course of their careers. However, having proper preventative techniques and equipment by your side and greatly minimize and delay your risks associated with sitting improperly for prolonged periods of time, such as joint imbalances, neck and back pain, and carpal tunnel.
Carpal Tunnel in Foot Care
Carpal tunnel is a common illness among professionals who perform small repetitive movements, such as typing. This symptom occurs when the nerve in the wrist is compressed, causing numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the thumb and fingers. Over time, carpal tunnel becomes irreversible, however, there are steps you can take in order to prevent and mitigate pain, discomfort and immobility associated with carpal tunnel. One of these is having a proper foot stool available in your practice. A proper foot stool will allow you to easily adjust the height and positioning of the foot you're treating, placing you in an optimal position to help prevent poor posture, neck strains, back strains and carpal tunnel.
Preventing Carpal Tunnel with Better Clipper Positioning
When we envision holding a pair of nail clippers, we all create the same mental picture: thumb up with the wrist turned outward. This position is intuitive, but it's unstable and will lead to pain and discomfort over even short periods of time.
Turning the nail clipper backward and holding it with your two strongest fingers gives you the advantage of letting the clipper to all of the work. While you might find this approach to be awkward at first, we promise it's ultimately much less tiring and will help to prevent fatigue, strains and pains.
Stretching to Mitigate Risks Associated with Sitting
Prolonged sitting and repetitive small movements can cause a range of complaints. To mitigate the effects of sitting at work it is recommended that you take short breaks regularly, move your body throughout the day, limit prolonged sitting and find stretches that help you get moving again.
Stretch Your Wrists
1. Place your right hand into your left, palm down
2. Straighten your right elbow
3. Use your left hand to gently pull the fingers of your right hand back toward you
4. Hold for 15 seconds, then switch hands and repeat
Stretch Your Shoulders
1. Sitting or standing, raise your arms above your head
2. Position your arms slightly behind your ears
3. Intertwine your fingers and push upward through the heels of your palm
4. Lower your left hand and reach for your right elbow
5. Let your right arm fall behind you
6. Use your left hand to gently pull down and over
7. Repeat often and on both sides
By making regular stretching, moving and strength exercise an integral part to your daily routine, changing your grip technique and purchasing a proper foot positioning stool for your practice, you'll suffer fewer of the negative effects associated with prolonged work in a seated position.
Cleaning & Sanitizing Foot Care Stools
Our foot stools are easily cared for and sanitized. We carry a range of cleaning solutions for foot care instruments and surfaces. Read on to learn which cleaning solution is optimal for your specific needs.