One of the most important joints in our body is the ankles. It is composed of three bones (tibia, fibula, and talus) that connects our legs with our feet. It is a crucial joint in our body as it requires movement from side to side as well as plantar and dorsiflexion movement (up and down).
Regardless if you are an athlete or not, everyone requires ankle mobility in order to perform movements such as walking or running. If your ankle mobility is poor, it can lead to an inability to perform multiple compound movements. The exercises below can be done at home and can help with your ankle stability.
1. Towel Stretch (3 sets of 8-10 reps for each ankle)
2. Heel raises (3 sets of 8-10 reps) (can perform single-leg heel raises as well)
3. Towel Curls (3 sets of 8-10 reps for each foot)
4. Bosu ball one leg balance (if you have access to one, if not balancing on the floor may work as well) (3 sets of 20-30 sec holds for each leg)
Ricky Chen, Student Author
Honours Kinesiology Co-op
Undergraduate, University of Waterloo