7 Safe Exercises For A Sprained Ankle

Ankle pumps: This gentle exercise helps improve circulation and reduce swelling. Sit in a chair and point your toes down, hold for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat 10-15 times.

Ankle circles: Slowly rotate your ankle in a clockwise direction 10 times, then repeat in the counter-clockwise direction.

Alphabet with toes: Sit in a chair and spell out the alphabet with your toes. This helps improve range of motion and flexibility.

Towel scrunches: Place a towel on the floor and scrunch it towards you with your toes. Repeat 10-15 times.

Wall calf stretches: Stand facing a wall with your hands shoulder-width apart and one foot slightly behind the other. Lean into the wall until you feel a stretch in your calf, hold for 30 seconds, then repeat with the other leg.

Balance exercises: Start by standing on one leg for a few seconds, then gradually increase the time as you get stronger. You can also try standing on a wobble board or foam pad for an extra challenge.

Heel raises: Sit in a chair and raise your heels off the ground, hold for a few seconds, then lower. Repeat 10-15 times. You can also do this exercise standing on one leg for an extra challenge.