The purpose of the ankle range of motion exercise is to strengthen the ankle and muscles in your feet and legs. It also works the top of your foot. This can help reduce any stiffness or swelling in the ankle.
For this exercise, no special equipment needed
How to do the exercise:
- Sit on a chair or the end of a bed so that your feet don't touch the floor.
- Point your toe towards the floor and use your foot to write each letter of the alphabet.
For the exercise to be effective, it is important not to move your leg, but to only use your foot and ankle to 'write' the letters.
This can be carried out daily.
Benefits to the feet
This helps to keep your ankles strong so that your gait (how you walk) is not affected. This exercise also helps to prevent injury to the feet or ankles because of weakened muscles. If you have suffered some injury, it can help restore mobility to your feet.