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Arthritis Today

Front Calf and Toe Stretch

PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall, tree or counter) while doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: If you have had recent joint surgery, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

  • Lean against a wall, tree or chair for support.
  • Bend your left knee slightly, never letting it go beyond your toes.
  • Put your right leg back with the toe pointing straight back.
  • Keep your head up and spine straight.
  • Gently press the front of your right foot and lower your right leg toward the ground.
  • Hold and then repeat with your left leg.

REMEMBER:

  • Stretch just until you feel gentle pulling in your muscle, and then hold the stretch in that position. The stretch shouldn’t be painful.
  • Stretch gently and smoothly, and do not bounce.
  • Breathe naturally as you hold the stretches. Don’t hold your breath.
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