Peroneal Heel Raises

Key notes

  • Type of exercise: Strength and co-ordination
  • Muscles used: Gastrocnemius, Soleus and Peroneus longus, peroneus brevis.
  • Good for: Developing strength and coordination
  • When to use during rehab: Middle

Equipment options

This exercise requires the use of a rubber band and a heavy, stable object to which it can be attached. In this example, a weights tree is used, although this can be substituted for a different heavy object when the patient is doing this exercise at home.


  1. Attach one end of the rubber band to a stable, heavy object.
  2. Next, have the patient place the rubber band around their ankle, ensuring that there is slight tension (meaning the band is pulling the ankle in its direction).
  3. Have the patient stand on one leg, and push themselves onto their toes.
  4. Have them repeat this movement, in a slow controlled manner. It should take around 2-4 seconds for the patient to go up onto their toes and another 2-4 seconds for them to come back down again.
  5. The patient should feel the muscles working down the lateral side of their leg.
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