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Arthritis Today

Standing Back Leg Lift

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

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

  • Hold onto a counter, table, railing or wall for support.
  • Stand straight and lift your right foot back (keeping your ankle bent) until your right toes are on the floor, then bring your foot forward again.
  • Keep your right leg straight as you move it back and forth.
  • Stand straight and don’t lean forward, so the motion comes from your hip and you feel the muscles tightening in your buttocks.
  • Return only your toes to the floor between repetitions.
  • Repeat with your left foot.
  • Repeat 5 times on each side to start, increasing to no more than 30 times on each side.
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