Tibialis Anterior Strengthening

Professional Rationale
When the tibialis anterior becomes weak and inhibited, it increases the load on the deep extensors and the tib posterior resulting in overuse and periostitis (shin splints). This exercise takes out the extensors by flexing the toes, forcing the patient to use and therefore strengthen the tib anterior. Fatigue occurs quickly with this exercise, and sometimes cramping of the foot occurs.

Client Rationale
This is a specific strengthening exercise that forces your body to use the tibialis anterior (the muscle on your shin) instead of the deeper toe extensors. Often times the tibialis anterior becomes sleepy and weak and your toe extensors and tibialis posterior can get overused, resulting in 'shin splints'.

  • Sit in a chair.
  • Flex (curl) your toes.
  • Keep your toes curled and flex your feet up towards your knees.
  • Keep your heels on the ground.
  • Return slowly.
  • Do not uncurl your toes during this exercise.
  • Do not experience any pain with this exercise.

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