Isometric Plantar Flexion

Isometric plantar flexion is an isometric or static contraction for the calf muscles. We often use this exercise in the early stages of rehabilitation from a calf strain. Isometric exercises involve the muscle contracting without movement. Therefore, these are usually the safest exercises to begin to regain strength following injury.


Teaching Points:

  • Hold the band, then pull it against a fixed foot
  • Keep the foot in neutral
  • Resist the force from the band
  • Perform 5 reps of 6-second holds, have a short rest, then repeat

Note: Stay within the limits of pain – If it hurts then wait longer before starting this exercise.

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