Hi, I'm Natalie and today Veritas Health is going to show you a heel drop stretch to help treat Achilles Tendonitis. If you have pain in the calf or through the Achilles tendon, it might mean you have Achilles Tendonitis. This stretching exercise can help minimize stress on the Achilles tendon and help reduce your symptoms.

To perform this exercise, find a step. You will stand on the step with your hands on something for balance. Place the ball of your foot on the edge of the step, and then let your heel drop towards the ground. You're looking to feel a gentle stretch through the back of the calf or through the Achilles tendon.

Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. If this stretch hurts or makes your symptoms worse, please stop and consult with your medical provider. You can switch to the other side letting your heel drop towards the ground. If this feels like too much of a stretch, you can modify by using a small step where your heel can still rest on the ground for a little extra support.

I recommend using a timer while doing this because 30 seconds is a lot longer than it feels. You can work your way up performing 3 sets of 30 seconds for this stretch. To learn more about Achilles Tendonitis, please visit us at sports health. And be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos like this. Thank you for watching.

Dr. Natalie Ullrich is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists. She is passionate about treating each individual as a whole.