#ThursdayTherapy: Ankle Stability

EP Sports Therapist Becky gives some rehab tips for anyone who has sprained or has biomechanical issues with their ankle joints…

“A common injury I see a lot in amateur sport and clinically are unstable ankle joints. This is a problem that can be so easily improved with a little perseverance and some simple home exercises.

There are many predisposing factors to ankle sprains or unstable ankles, these can include:

– Previous sprains or strains, many of which don’t have rehabilitation post injury
– Poor or unsupportive footwear
– Biomechanical issues with walking/running

The most common factor is the first one. I try to stress to my players or clients that strengthening up your ankle is just as important as strengthening your muscles in the gym. Without rebuilding your joints stability in the surrounding ligaments and muscles how can you know your joint is stable again?

A quick and easy home exercise to try and reduce the chances an ankle sprain is theraband eversion. Slowly take your foot outwards against the resistance of the band and slowly bring it back in, aa seen in the picture. Aim for 3 sets of 12 reps.”

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If you are having problems or are unsure about an issue and whether treatment is suitable contact Becky for a chat at energisedbecky@gmail.com