Doing leg exercises will help you recover after total knee replacement surgery. Because they strengthen the muscles that support your knee, they can also prevent knee damage. Do the following exercises with both your legs exactly as your doctor instructs. Do the best you can without getting to the point of severe pain.Heel slides
Lie on your back with your legs straight.
Slide your heel up toward your buttocks.
Return to starting position.Quad sets
Lie or sit with your leg extended.
Tighten the quad muscles above your knee on the front of your thigh.
Try to push the back of your knee downward.
Hold this position for __ seconds.Ankle pumps
Sit or lie down with your operated knee at 45 degrees.
Move your foot up and down as shown.Leg raise
Lie on your back with your non-operated knee bent.
Keep your other leg straight and raise it up in line with the thigh of your bent leg.
Hold this position for __ seconds.
Return to the starting position.Roll leg in and out
Lie on your back with your legs straight in front of you.
Rotate one leg at the hip so your toes point outward.
Return to starting position.Heel raise and toe raises
Stand up using a counter for balance.
Raise up on your toes as high as you can. Return to starting position and repeat.
Next put your weight on your heels and raise your toes. Return to starting position and repeat.Chair sit to stand
Stand holding onto a counter, with a chair behind you.
Lean forward slightly as you bend your knees and lower your buttocks toward the chair, as if you are going to sit down.
Before you touch the chair, stand up to full upright position.Standing balance with stride
Stand with your feet together with one foot slightly in front of your other foot. Maintain your balance.
Repeat with the opposite foot in front.
Do this with:
Heel to toe walk
- open eyes
- in a darkened room
- closed eyes
Start in a standing position.
Step placing one foot directly in front of your other foot.
Continue taking steps one foot in front of the other.Forward lunge
Stand with feet together and then step forward, keeping your trunk vertical.
Push back up to your starting position.
Repeat the lunge with your other leg.