When you are experiencing soreness in your feet and ankles for a prolonged period, it may be a sign that you have weak ankle muscles. You can strengthen your ankle muscles by doing a variety of exercises that will properly increase your ankle’s resilience and help to avoid future injuries.
Some excellent suggestions for strengthening weak ankles include the following:
- Stretching and flexing exercises—Stretching exercises for your feet and ankles are a superb method for improving your overall ankle health.
- Braces and custom fitted orthotic inserts—Specially made braces and other stabilizing devices are excellent for treating ankle sprains and helping to support the ankle while it heals. Orthotic inserts can redistribute pressure and restore balance and coordination.
- Calf exercises—By standing on your toes and raising your ankles up and down you can increase the strength of your calf muscles. Perform 3 sets of 15 reps to start out, and add weight to your feet as you can handle it for an added benefit.
- Walking on your heels—This is a very easy exercise to perform that will improve the strength and flexibility of your ankles. All you have to do is walk on your heels for ten minutes or so at a time. Do this several times a day to increase side and top-of-the-foot strength.
Strengthening your ankles with these regular exercises is a great way to protect your feet, and seeing your podiatrist for regular visits can avoid many other foot and ankle problems down the road, so make an appointment right away. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Board-certified podiatrists Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.