Running, track, and baseball seasons are in full swing, putting people at risk for ankle injuries that can ruin more than just one fun weekend. You need to take steps to protect your joints from injuries by strengthening them.
Some basic daily exercises can condition your lower limbs to prevent ankle pain:
- Ankle circles: Sit with your legs in front of you and perform 10 slow circles to both the right and left with each foot.
- Calf raises: Standing with your feet roughly shoulder width apart, slowly lift your heels off the ground, then lower them again. Do this 10 times.
- Shin raises: Standing with your feet apart again, lift your toes off the ground without letting your ankles roll in. Do this 10 times as well.
- Balancing: Stand on one leg and bend your knee slightly. Try to hold for a full minute before switching legs. As this gets easier, close your eyes while you balance.
Ankle pain doesn’t have to slow you down or keep you from enjoying fun events around town. Build up your ankles so that they are stable and can handle all your regular wear and tear. If you are struggling with discomfort already, don’t ignore it. Contact us here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment or more information. Call, fax, or use our website contact form to reach our Chandler and Gilbert offices: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for the Chandler location; call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office.