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Strength Exercise for Achilles Tendon Injuries

Strength exercise using a stair

This exercise will get you started on building strength after an Achilles tendon injury. Your doctor or physical therapist can help you move on to more challenging exercises as you heal and get stronger.

  • Stand on a step with your heel off the edge of the step. Hold on to a handrail or wall for balance.
  • Push up on your toes, then slowly count to 10 as you lower yourself back down until your heel is below the step. If it hurts to push up on your toes, try putting most of your weight on your other foot as you push up, or try using your arms to help you. If you can't do this exercise without causing pain, stop the exercise and talk to your doctor.
  • Repeat the exercise 8 to 12 times, half with the knee straight and half with the knee bent.

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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