Stretches for Better Ankle Mobility
Improving ankle mobility is vital for overall flexibility and performance, whether you’re an athlete or simply seeking better movement. Strengthening and stretching exercises can prevent injuries, enhance walking posture, and maintain strong knee and hip muscles while alleviating ankle pain. Beneficial exercises include ankle circles, single-leg balances, and toe raises. Ankle circles involve rotating your ankle on a rolled-up towel or foam roller in clockwise and counterclockwise circles. For single-leg balances, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms out to the sides, while lifting one foot off the ground. Toe raises require standing on a step on the balls of your feet, rising onto your toes, and lowering the foot below step level. These exercises promote better movement awareness, reduce the risk of ankle sprains, and establish a strong, stable foundation. For personalized guidance, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to assess your feet and ankles and receive tailored care.
Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.
The most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankles
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.
Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.
Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.