An Aquatic Heel Slide for TKR

Hi everyone. There are a number of exercises online that apply to tkr recuperation, but very little on any aquatic ones. So…here’s a good one that we learn to do while doing land-based maneuvers. In water it’s known as an aquatic heel slide for tkr.

Plus, exercising in water reduces pain by taking pressure off your joints .  It is also impossible to fall.


Get into chest-deep water and place both feet firmly on the bottom of the pool. Extend both arms to your sides and place them on the pool’s side. Your body will resemble a large “T” at this point.

Gently lift your tkr leg and bend your knee. Place the sole of your tkr-side foot on the pool’s wall.

Slide your foot as far as possible to bend your knee without causing undue pain.

Hold this aquatic heel slide for tkr stretch for 10 seconds, or as long as comfortable. Slowly return your leg to the standing position. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

If standing in chest-deep water is too uncomfortable, do this exercise in waist-deep water. Or, if you are comfortable in deep water, do this exercise there. Just make certain to properly anchor yourself with your arms.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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