Updated May 29th, 2024 at 23:08 IST

Improve Ankle Mobility with These Simple, Effective Exercises

Ankle mobility is essential for overall movement and flexibility, yet it often goes unnoticed. Here are a few moves which target the concern.

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Whether you're an athlete looking to boost performance or someone seeking relief from daily discomfort, limited ankle mobility can impede efficient movement and more complex exercises. Following are some effective exercises to help you regain flexibility and strength in your ankles.

Ankle circles

Perform controlled circles in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions. This exercise helps lubricate the ankle joint and enhances its range of motion.

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Heel raises

Heel raises strengthen the muscles around the ankle joint, improving stability and reducing the risk of injury. This exercise is crucial for enhancing overall ankle mobility.

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Resistance band ankle dorsiflexion

Using a resistance band, add resistance to the dorsiflexion movement. This intensifies the stretch and targets the muscles responsible for pulling the foot towards the body.

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Foam rolling

Massage the calves and lower legs with a foam roller. This practice releases tension and improves flexibility, preparing muscles for deeper stretches.

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Ankle plantar flexion stretch with prop

Sit on the floor with legs extended. Loop a towel or resistance band around the ball of one foot and gently pull it towards you. This stretch targets the calf and Achilles tendon.

Dynamic ankle mobility drills

Perform dynamic exercises like ankle circles, ankle alphabet (drawing the alphabet with your toes), or ankle figure eights. These drills warm up and mobilize the ankle joint effectively.

Ankle joint mobilizations

With guidance from a physical therapist or a qualified professional, perform joint mobilization techniques to improve ankle joint mechanics and unlock restricted movement.

 

 

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Published May 29th, 2024 at 23:08 IST