Foot and Ankle Exercises: Single-Leg Heel Raise

Person standing next to counter standing on tiptoe on one foot, other knee bent with foot raised to back.

This exercise is designed to stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles. Before beginning the exercise, read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally and don’t bounce. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, inform your healthcare provider. Here are the steps to the single-leg heel raise:

  • Stand, using a sturdy counter for balance only. Lift 1 foot and stand with your weight on the other foot.

  • Rise up on your toes, then lower back onto your heel.

  • Repeat 10 times. Do 3 sets a day.