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.

  1. Stand on a step with your heel off the edge of the step. Hold on to a handrail or wall for balance.
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat the exercise 8 to 12 times, half with the knee straight and half with the knee bent.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

Current as ofMay 23, 2016

Current as of: May 23, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

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