Foot & Ankle Conditioning
Foot & ankle conditioning and strengthening exercises help to improve the strength, control and movement of the foot. You may be wanting to overcome weakness following an injury such as an ankle sprain, or simply to improve the strength of your feet.
Three types of foot and ankle strengthening exercises include:
Static Exercizes: these ankle strengthening exercises are a great way to strengthen the foot without having to move it – perfect place to start after an injury
Resistance Exercises: ankle strengthening exercises using resistance bands to improve strength – great to progress onto as the foot get stronger
Dynamic Exercises: specific activities to improve the strength of the foot and toe muscles.
Did you know that a muscle at complete rest lose 3-5% of its strength per day?
This is most noticeable in terms of endurance – how long you can keep going. Unfortunately, it takes much longer to regain that strength than it does to lose it. However, doing simple ankle strengthening exercises for just a few minutes a day helps to maintain muscle power.
Before starting these ankle strengthening exercises, talk to your doctor to make sure they are appropriate, especially if you are recovering from an injury. Not all ankle strengthening exercises are appropriate in all situations.