What is lateral step-up?

Lateral Step-Up

Lateral step-up

  1. Stand sideways on the bottom step of a staircase with your affected leg on the step and your other foot on the floor.
  2. Keeping your head up and your back straight, lean slightly forward. Hold on to a handrail or wall if you feel unsteady.
  3. Use your affected leg to raise yourself up, bringing your other foot level with the stair step. Then slowly bend your knee to lower your foot back down. As you bend and straighten your leg:
    • Keep your hips level.
    • Keep your knee moving in a straight line with your middle toe. Don't let your knee go past your toe.
    • Keep your heel flat on the step.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  5. It's a good idea to repeat these steps with your other leg.

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