4 Ways To Build Ankle Strength

Ankle sprains are a common condition that most active people experience once in a while. Unfortunately, it can be sometimes difficult to deal with, but the good news is that it can be prevented simply by improving ankle strength.

There are lots of benefit attached to maintaining strong, healthy ankles. Although, this is mainly recommended for athletes, regular people could also benefit from having stronger ankles.

Below are some ways to build ankle strength:

1. Use ankle exercise bands

ankle band

Ankle exercise bands are stretching bands that have a wide range of motion and can be used effectively for ankle strengthening exercises. You can stretch it as far as you want and interestingly, it helps to heal ankle sprains, if there are any.

2. Assess ankle injury

ankle injury

Once your ankle gets sprained, possible defects and broken tendons should be checked for immediately. It is advisable to see a podiatrist (foot doctor) to help check how severe the pain is, and also assess the area for possible broken ligaments and damaged tendons. The doctor could also recommend some appropriate treatment, based on the condition, and if severe, surgery might be recommended.

3. Do more ankle strengthening exercise

ankle exercise

Once you have recovered your usual range of ankle joint movement, and have escaped the pain and swelling—if you had any—you can venture into strengthening exercises.These will help to contract the muscles of the foot, ankle and leg. Examples of such exercises include, but are not limited to: towel curls, isometric, toe raises, heel and toe walking, and so many more. You can see an instructor for more effective exercises and how to go about them.

4. Be consistent

Ankle Exercise

To build a close-to-perfect ankle strength, a high level of consistency is required. Exercise bands can be used daily, and you could enroll for a fitness class with a professional instructor to guide you. Consistently building the ankle muscle will result in a strong ankle joint that will help prevent easy ankle sprains.


With a sprained ankle, there will be difficulty in walking, running, and standing, which will definitely affect many day-to-day activities. When this happens, you will need to treat it as quickly as possible, to prevent further complications.

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