Leg and Knee Exercises: Lateral Step-Downs
This exercise is designed to strengthen your knee. Before starting, talk with your healthcare and read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally and use smooth movements. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, tell your healthcare provider.
After a brief warm-up, such as brisk walking for a few minutes, stand with one foot on a 3-inch to 5-inch support (such as a block of wood) and the other foot flat on the floor.
Shift your weight onto the foot on the block, straightening that knee and raising your other foot off the floor. Then slowly lower the foot until only the heel touches the floor.
Return to starting position.
Repeat ______ times on each side. Do ______ sets a day.
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