Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to Strengthen Your Ankles

Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior or parent running your kids around to all of their activities, ankles are important! Your feet are the foundation of your body and a weak link can disrupt everything.

Several things can cause weak ankles such as an injury that did not heal properly or from repeated injury to the same ankle. Some are born with Ligamentous Laxity which can cause chronic weakness to ankles as well. To lessen your risk of further injury and give more strength and stability to your ankles, ankle exercises are very beneficial. Whether it is helping a patient rehabilitating an injury or just strengthening a weak ankle, foot specialist Dr. Jeff Bowman in Houston, TX shares a few exercises that can really make a difference:
  • Grab a resistance band and wrap around the bottom of your foot, holding the other ends with both hands. Flex and point your foot 12 times and then repeat on the other side.
  • Balance up on the balls of your feet and walk across a room without letting your heels touch the floor. On the way back, walk back on your heels with your toes in the air. 
  • Invest in a wobble cushion or pillow disc. Stand on the cushion and balance, progressing to balancing on one foot at a time.
  • Step on a step or stair with the balls of your feet balancing on the edge and legs straight. Rise up on your toes and then lower heels down below the edge of the step. Repeat 12 times.
If strengthening exercises at home are not helping your weak ankles or if you are concerned about injury, please see Dr. Bowman for help. He can provide the right exercises and monitor your ankle health. Call our podiatric office at (713) 467-8886 or visit
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