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Monday, December 5, 2022

Heel Raises: So Important for Seniors and Overall Health

     This video highlights one of the two most important exercises in the lower extremity and is well done. The end of the video discusses negative heel positions and this is where I would differ as I prefer to have my patients stay away from negative heel positions. However, the logical progression to this video of gradually adding more difficulty is wonderful. The goal standard in sports medicine is 25 single leg heel raises, and the video shows you how to get there. The video also does not delve into the complexity of separating the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, but again it is a great starting place. You want to gradually, probably on a weekly basis, add 2 more repetitions from her starting point of 1 set of 5 repetitions. Work your way through two sided heel raises, to two sided up and one down, to single sided (one up and down). Have fun getting your achilles tendons stronger. 

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