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What are balance and coordination exercises you can do following an ankle sprain?

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You might want to try these exercises:

  • Balance. Do this one near a chair, table, or in a doorway so you’ll have support if you need it. Stand and balance on just your injured leg for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times a day. Try to work up to 3 minutes. To make it harder, close your eyes.
  • Heel walk. Walk forward and backward as far as you can on your heels.
  • Tippy toe walk. Walk forward and backward as far as you can on your toes.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Research UK: “Ankle Sprain Information and Exercise Sheet.”

U.C. Berkeley, University Health Services: “Ankle Sprains.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training: “Rehabilitation of the Ankle After Acute Sprain or Chronic Instability.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “How to Stretch Your Ankle After a Sprain,” “How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury.”

University of North Carolina Sports Medicine and Family Medicine: “Lateral Ankle Sprains.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Research UK: “Ankle Sprain Information and Exercise Sheet.”

U.C. Berkeley, University Health Services: “Ankle Sprains.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training: “Rehabilitation of the Ankle After Acute Sprain or Chronic Instability.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “How to Stretch Your Ankle After a Sprain,” “How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury.”

University of North Carolina Sports Medicine and Family Medicine: “Lateral Ankle Sprains.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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