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SEATED (ELDERLY) CALF STRETCH

At Therapyroom1 we have seen all manner of patients demonstrate calf stretches to us; leaning against a wall, door, kneeling, lunging and each time that we were shown the stretch we offered them the one below and they all said that this actually felt a better stretch. The reason why this works is that our stretches are low energy high result stretches. This means that we are focusing energy on only the part of the body that we are using.

You can use this rehabilitation exercise if you have had an achilles tendon injury, shin splints, and even ankle sprains or strains. At therapyroom1 we also using this in our podiatry department for patients who suffer from rupture of the anterior-talo-fibular ligament and distal tibia-fibula ligament injuries too

Level: Intermediate/Late Stage

Equipment: Chair, small ball or tennis ball

Exercise

   

Sit on a chair and place the ball under the metatarsals of your foot

Reps Sets Time (seconds)
5 2 (each injured foot)

Make it Harder!

Reps Sets Time (seconds)
5 2 (each injured foot) 10 second stretch

Note:// Although these exercises are designed for you to help yourself, we urge caution in all rehabilitation that you do not over do the exercises. If you feel pain or are worried that you are not doing the exercise properly then seek a medical therapist who actually knows what they are doing or please call 01522 511834 to make an appointment

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