Whether it’s because you feel sore, you have had an injury, or you simply want to avoid neglecting this part of your body, ankle and lower leg stretching exercises can be a very important part of your exercise routine. If you are doing exercises due to an injury, it is important to check with a doctor first to make sure you are ready and able to get back into exercising. Your ankle and lower legs are a complicated and important system of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, and stretching and exercising this part of your body helps with your mobility and functionality. If you have been dealing with issues in your feet and lower legs, reach out to us at Great Neck Family Foot Care and get the help you need.
Ankle and lower leg stretches
There are many different types of stretching exercises you can do for your ankle and lower legs. The types of exercises you should do will depend on the part of your body you are aiming for, and if you have had an injury then your doctor may prescribe for you to do specific exercises for that injury. To speak with a podiatrist about any feet, ankle, or lower leg issues, contact us at Great Neck Family Foot Care and see how we can help. Here are some examples of the ankle and lower leg stretching exercises that we recommend:
- Ankle Circles – turning your ankle around in circles to help with the range of motion.
- Ankle Pumps – pointing your toes up or down and holding, while keeping your leg still. This stretch helps with the upwards and downwards movements of the ankle.
- Runner’s Stretch – place your hands on the wall with your body squared to it. Move one leg back and press your hips forward, stretching the lower back of the calf muscles.
- Towel Stretch – sit with straightened legs, wrap a towel (or workout band) under your feet, pulling towards you. This stretches the bottom of your feet and the lower legs.
These are just a few of the ankle and lower leg stretches and exercises you can do at home. If you have suffered from an injury or more serious condition, you may need different exercises and even professional help. To speak with a podiatrist in and get the help you need, contact us at Great Neck Family Foot Care and see how we can help you.