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    Footrest to Seat Height

    If the measurement from the floor to the underside of the knee WITH shoes is 17 3/4" and without is 16 1/2", what would you recommend for the footrest to seat height? The cushion is 2" thick.

    Just curious what others would find ideal.
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    Do those 2 measurements already include the 2" cushion?
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    Does not include the cushion.
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    I've always used the measurement with my shoes on minus the cushion height. However, I got to thinking today I may want to take into consideration both measurements (with and without shoes). A happy medium between the two. Again, just curious if others do the latter?
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    The ideal footrest to seat distance is dependent on your sitting posture and the amount of pressure between the footrest and the soles of your shoes. The footrest should be adjusted so there is just enough pressure between the soles of your shoes and the footrest to keep your feet on the footrest. That enables the thighs to bear a maximum amount of body weight and minimize the chances for getting sores on the bottom of your feet. Because the thighs are bearing body weight it diminishes the pressure in the ischial area. When properly sitting your thighs should not be angled upward. This may not be feasible during racing and other sporting activities but should be followed most of the time. In sum, the distance should be based on factors other than a measurement. Obviously adjustment must be done while you are sitting in the chair and can best be done with someone checking the sole/footrest pressure and adjusting the footrest while you are sitting in the normal sitting position.
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