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Strengthening Exercises for Ankle Sprains


Talk with your doctor or physical therapist if you have questions about how to do these or any other exercises for ankle sprains.

Ankle eversion exercise

Picture of the ankle eversion strengthening exercise for an ankle sprain
  • Start by sitting with your foot flat on the floor and pushing it outward against an immovable object such as the wall or heavy furniture. Hold for about 6 seconds, then relax.
  • After you feel comfortable with this, try using rubber tubing looped around the outside of your feet for resistance. Push your foot out to the side against the tubing, then count to 10 as you slowly bring your foot back to the middle.

Isometric opposition exercises

Picture of the isometric opposition strengthening exercise for an ankle sprain
  1. While sitting, put your feet together flat on the floor.
  2. Press your injured foot inward against your other foot. Hold for about 6 seconds, then relax.
  3. Next, place the heel of your other foot on top of the injured one and push down with the top heel while trying to push up with your injured foot. Hold for about 6 seconds, then relax.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedNovember 15, 2011

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