Tibialis Anterior Strength Exercise (Resisted Dorsiflexion)

Key notes

  • Type of exercise: Isometric strength
  • Muscles used: Tibialis Anterior, Extensor digitorum longus, Extensor hallucis longus
  • Good for: Developing strength, reducing foot slap
  • When to use during rehab: Early middle stages

Equipment options

If you’re doing this exercise in clinic, you’ll need an exercise bench or chair for your patient to sit on, as well as a weight plate. If the patient is doing this exercise at home, a rubber band can be used instead, so long as it has been anchored down to an object that won’t move.

Method 1

  1. Have the patient sit on the bench and thread their toes through one of the holes in the weight plate.
  2. Then have them dorsiflex their ankle against the weight. This should be a slow, controlled movement and take 2-4 seconds for them to lift the weight and another 2-4 seconds for them to bring it back down.

Method 2

  1. Have the patient sit on the bench and place a rubber band, that has been anchored down, around their foot.
  2. Next, have them pull their foot back against the band, ensuring their leg doesn’t move as they do so.
  3. While an exercise band is a good substitute, it’s always preferable to use a weight to do this exercise, as the resistance remains constant.
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