Tibialis anterior is a muscle located at the back of your thigh bone. It’s responsible for extending your leg when walking or running. You can use it to extend your knee and hip joints while standing up from sitting down. When you walk, you need to flex your ankle joint and lengthen the calf muscles (soleus). Your foot needs to stay straight during all these movements because if not, then you’ll fall over due to lack of balance.
The tibialis anterior is one of the most common muscles that you will encounter in your life time. It’s used for many different activities such as walking, running, jumping, climbing stairs, lifting weights and much more. However, there are some things that you need to keep in mind before performing any exercise with this muscle. Here are some tips:
1) Do not perform any type of physical activity until you have had a thorough checkup by a doctor.
2) Avoid doing any type of exercise that involves twisting the body.
If you do twist, then avoid using your legs.
3) Do not perform any type of exercise that requires excessive weight bearing on the lower extremities.
For example, do not lift heavy objects or put too much pressure on your knees and ankles. Instead, try to use only your upper extremities for these types of exercises.
4) Avoid running or engaging in any other activity that involves jogging until the pain is gone.
If you do engage in running or jogging, then take it easy and avoid putting too much pressure on your foot by using proper form.
5) You can engage in most lower body exercises such as using light free weights or leg presses machines as long as they do not require you to bend over at the waist.
If you have pain when you bend over, then do not perform any type of exercise that requires this motion.
6) Avoid any type of activity that makes your ankle sore.
This may include doing a lot of standing or walking, especially on an uneven surface like rocky or hilly terrain.
Tip: Ice your foot for 15 minutes after you perform any physical activity. You should also use an ACE wrap or compression bandage to keep the swelling down. If you have a history of diabetes or poor blood circulation, then consult your doctor before engaging in physical activity.