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Flex-Foot Exercise Video Library

Get the most out of your Flex-Foot



About these exercises

The exercises presented here will help you to get the most out of your Flex-Foot. You can the either watch the whole series (above) or focus on one exercise at a time, reading the guidelines as you watch.

By performing them you will achieve a better performance and control over your prostheses. Better balance and more muscle strength on the prosthetic side gives you more security and confidence while walking.

The videos show you how you can execute the exercise, on a daily basis, while working, shopping, cooking...

Good luck!




1Standing

1 Standing

Stand upright, divide your weight between the prosthetic side and the sound side. Use a mirror for visual control.

2Side-To-Side

2 Side-To-Side

Shift your weight slowly onto your prosthetic side, it will help if you contract your gluteal muscles (muscles around your hip / pelvis) and contract the muscles of your residual limb to stabilize.

Next, shift your weight slowly back onto your sound side, and repeat.

3Forward - Backwards

3 Forward - Backwards

Stand upright, divide your weight evenly between the prosthetic side and the sound side. Shift your weight slowly forwards and backwards, controlling your balance and feeling your prosthetic forefoot when shifting forwards.

Make sure you contract your muscles around your residual limb and pelvis to stabilize.

4Balancing

4 Balancing

To make balancing more difficult try to stand on a towel or a pillow.

Be careful stepping on and off the towel or pillow.

5Spot-stepping

5 Spot-stepping

Mark 3 different spots on the floor: for a small step, a medium step and a large step. Actively load your weight onto the prosthetic side and make a step forward with your sound side.

Focus on your balance over the prosthesis as you move forwards and backwards with your foot. Make sure you make a full step forwards and backwards.

6Stepping up

6 Stepping up

Shift your weight slowly onto your prosthetic side, then push your residual limb into the socket and slowly place the sound side foot on the stepladder.

Try to control your balance on the prosthetic side using the muscles around your knee and hip / pelvis. Pay attention on the forward movement of your pelvis to keep it line and not twisting or rotating.

7Tennis Ball Movements

7 Tennis Ball Movements

Shift your body weight slowly onto your prosthetic side and contract your residual limb in the socket. Place the tennis ball underneath your sound side foot. Make small circles with your sound side foot and alternate with fast cross movements.

Be careful not to slip on the tennis ball.

8Theraband Movements

8 Theraband Movements

Shift your weight onto the sound side and place the Theraband around your prosthetic foot. Move your prosthetic foot in a slow and controlled motion to the side, making sure your prosthetic foot travels in a straight line.

9Obstacle Stepping

9 Obstacle Stepping

Place obstacles (plastic cups or toys) on the floor at equal distances and step over them.

Raise your knee up until it is in line with your hip / pelvis height and repeat with every step.

10Extra exercises

10 Extra exercises

Walk side ways, crossing the prosthetic foot over the sound side foot. Make sure you contract your muscles around your residual limb and pelvis to stabilize.

Other options: crossing sound side foot over the prosthetic foot, side steps, tightrope walking, backwards walking and big steps.