Yes! Exercise and physical therapy are strongly recommended to keep ankles healthy and strong and improve balance, especially if you’ve struggled with ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability.
Simple balance and proprioception training—standing on your unstable leg (once your doctor has given you the go ahead, of course) and trying not to wobble—can show significant improvement in ankle strength and balance in just six weeks, and significantly reduce the chance of injury recurrence. Resistance stretches that evert or invert the ankle can also be particularly helpful.
If you’re looking to strengthen your ankles, whether you’ve had a recent injury, chronic pain, or just want to improve your ankle health and balance, talk to Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA. We’ll help you build an exercise or physical therapy program right for you, along with providing any other treatment for foot and ankle conditions that you may require. Request an appointment online, or call our office today at 760-568-0108.