5 Exercises For The Recovery Of Foot And Ankle Injuries

5 Exercises For The Recovery Of Foot And Ankle Injuries

Exercising can help you return to regular routines after a foot or ankle injury and regain the strength and endurance you had before the accident. It’s vital to stick to a well-structured conditioning system to ensure that your foot or ankle heals completely and that you don’t re-injure it.

It is important to undertake the rehab program under the guidance of a healthcare physician or Stockport physiotherapy to ensure that it is safe and successful. Especially, If you’ve had foot or ankle surgery, this step is very crucial.

Purpose And Goal:

The exercises listed below should be done three times each day. They primarily stretch your muscles and tendons in order to increase the joint mobility of the damaged joints.

Do warm-up for 5 to 10 minutes of low-impact activity, such as walking or riding a stationary bicycle, before beginning the workout. You can go from these stretching exercises to active strength training as your strength improves.

If you’re not sure how to complete an activity, ask your doctor or a chiropractor for help. If you experience any discomfort, come to a halt. 

  •  Upward movement of Your foot and Ankles:

When paired with standardised care, static stretching has been demonstrated to enhance upward movement of the foot, or ankle flexors. This exercise develops the muscles at the front of your lower leg and increases ankle dorsiflexion (upward movement of the foot).

This exercise can be done seated or standing while holding onto a wall or counter.

To begin, consider the following:

  1. As if you’re trying to touch your toes to the front of your shin, point your toes upward.
  2. Maintain consistent strain in this posture for 30 seconds.
  3. Start releasing.
  4. For every leg, perform five times.
  • Stretching the Calf with a Towel:

This aided workout safely and effectively increases ankle dorsiflexion and stretches the calf muscles.

To begin, consider the following:

  1. Keep your knees straight and sit comfortably on the floor.
  2. Pull the back of a towel around your foot until you feel a concerted stretch in your calf muscle.
  3. For 30 seconds, stay in this position.
  4. Start with three sets of ten exercises each leg and work your way up to three sets of thirty.
  • Massage of the Plantar Fascia:

This exercise stretches the plantar fascia directly (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes). This is an excellent treatment for plantar fasciitis, a common chronic disease characterised by fibrous tissue inflammation.

To begin, consider the following:

  1. Cross one leg over the opposing knee while sitting comfortably in a chair.
  2. Pull your toes back with one hand until your foot is fully dorsiflexed. There should be a sense of strain, but not of pain.
  3. Massage the bottom of your foot right in front of the heel with the other hand.
  4. Repeat this 3 times a day for ten minutes each time.
  • Stretching the Straight Knees Against the Wall:

The gastrocnemius-soleus muscle group is stretched with this exercise (also known as the runner’s stretch).

To begin, consider the following:

  1. Locate yourself in a single direction before a wall.
  2. Stick your hand against by the wall for support.
  3. One foot should be in front of you, and the other should be behind you.
  4. Press your hips forward, keeping both heels level on the floor, until you feel a solid stretch along the entire calf. Hold the position for 30 seconds.
  5. Start releasing.
  6. Begin with three sets of ten exercises for each leg, gradually increasing to three sets of thirty.
  • Raise your toes:

This exercise strengthens the muscles in your toes and calf. How to do it:

  1. For balance, hold a wall or a counter. 
  2. As far as you can without hurting yourself, rise up onto your tiptoes.
  3. Maintain the strain in the posture for 10 seconds.
  4. Start releasing.
  5. Begin with three sets of ten exercises and gradually increase to three sets of thirty.

You can go to single-leg toe lifts as you gain strength, putting more weight on each leg.

If any of these exercises cause you any kind of discomfort stop doing them and contact your doctor or take appointment with Manchester Chiropractor. Get it treated with the help of experts. Our chiropractors would assist you in determining the source of your discomfort so that you can obtain the best chiropractic therapy possible. As a result, a skilled chiropractor will not just crack your knee or manipulate your ankle joint without determining the cause of your pain.

You can also connect our Stockport Chiropractor for any kind of pain (shoulder/knee/ankle/foot/neck/back) please feel free to call us on (+44) 0161 4597 034.