In the standing position, balance on the weak foot. Because of balance difficulties initially, you can stand holding a chair or the wall for assistance. It may be difficult at first, but over time, you should be able to balance on one leg for an extended period of time without the use of a chair for balance. At this point, to further improve balance, you can stand on a balance board (talk to your physical therapist) or a pillow to make the surface harder to balance on. In this way, the tendons start to function to improve the strength of the ankle.