5 Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis

Simple Stretches to Help Ease Knee OA Symptoms

This slideshow shares 5 exercises that can help relieve pain, stiffness, and other knee osteoarthritis symptoms. More on-the-go and workplace exercises in our new Smart Patient's Guide to Managing Pain in the Workplace.

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Stretch Your Calves

Stretch Your Calves

Knee OA Exercise #2: Standing Calf Stretch

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This gentle calf stretch increases flexibility in your leg muscles and knee joints.

  • Bring your right foot a few feet in front of your left foot. Bend your right leg, making sure your knee doesn't go past your toes.
  • Keeping your left leg straight, press your left heel toward the ground to stretch the calf of your back leg.
  • Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on opposite leg.
  • Do 3 times daily.