How to Stretch Ankles

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Our ankles are the link to our feet and yet they get little attention. Prior to any serious workout, some simple stretches can do wonders to prevent injury or sprains.

  • Rotate one foot in a circle several times counterclockwise. Repeat the same motion, this time clockwise. Repeat for the opposite foot.

  • Lift one leg and flex your foot back as far as you can. Hold for a few moments and flex your foot forward for the same length of time. Repeat several times for both feet.

  • Sitting down, lift one leg so that your knee points outward. Grab just above the ankle joint with one hand and your foot with the other. Gently pull the foot slowly towards you, and hold for five seconds. Push the foot away for the same length of time. Repeat for the opposite foot.

  • Stand on your toes at the bottom step of a flight of stairs, with your heels hanging off the ledge. Holding on to the handrail, slowly lower your ankles until they are below the level of the stairs. Repeat several times.

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