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5 Best Ankle-strengthening Exercises
The expert says that for those who have grade 1 or grade 2 ankle sprains, they can begin strengthening exercises after two to three weeks. In more severe cases, such as grade 3 where there is a complete rupture of the ligament, it is better to consult a physiotherapist before starting any exercise.
Isometric ankle eversion
• To perform isometric ankle eversion, you can sit and place a cushion or rolled towel between the outer side of your injured foot and a wall.
• Evert your ankle without any visible movement and push your foot against the wall. This will engage the muscles on the outer side of your foot. Hold the position for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat it eight to 10 times for three sets.
2. Isometric ankle inversion
• Sit down and place a cushion or rolled towel between the wall and the inner side of your injured foot.
• Invert your ankle without any visible movement and press your foot inward towards the wall. This will cause the muscles on the inner side of your foot to contract, says Rattan. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat eight to 10 times for three sets.
3. Plantar Flexion With Resistance Band
• Loop a resistance band around your foot and hold its other end in your hand.
• Keep your leg straight and place a rolled-up towel or a foam roller under your calf muscle.
• Begin by pointing your toes up towards your shin.
• Gradually lower your foot and ankle against the resistance band as far as you can. Repeat this movement for 10 to 12 times in two to three sets.
4. Standing calf raise
• Begin by standing and holding onto a chair for balance.
• Push up onto your toes and hold this position for two seconds before lowering yourself back down. Repeat this movement for 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions.
5. Dorsiflexion with resistance band
• Wrap one end of a resistance band around your foot and secure the other end to a table leg. Make sure your leg is straight and your lower leg is rested on a rolled-up towel or a foam roller.
• Using only your ankle, pull your toes towards your shin and hold this position for two seconds before slowly returning to the starting position. Go for three sets of about 10 to 12 repetitions.
It is important make your ankle strong, especially after a sprain. But perform these exercises with caution and under professional guidance so that your ankle heals better and you don’t get more injuries.