Surgery of the lower leg, or being bedridden for prolonged periods of time is commonly associated with the risk of developed blood clots in the veins of your calves. This common but very effective exercise is used post-operatively to help prevent blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVTs).
- As shown simply move the ankle from dorsiflexion (bent) to plantarflexion (pointed) in a repetitive manner. A roll to elevate your leg (as shown) can be helpful, but not necessary.
- Do this for 3 min. several times a day while you are sedentary after surgery.
- You can discontinue this exercise when you are no longer spending long periods of time without weight bearing through the effected limb.
- If this exercise is painful and your calf is swollen and hot – see your physician as soon as possible for evaluation.