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Ankle Sprain or Fracture

  • Balance (one leg)- Attempt to balance on right/left leg, eyes open, for 30 seconds. Perform exercise with eyes closed for 15 seconds. Stand next to a chair or wall for safety.

  • Ankle alphabet- Using ankle and foot only, trace the capital letters of the alphabet in the air. Perform A to Z. You can use the big toe as a pointer.

  • Towel pickup- With your heel on the ground, pick up a towel with your toes, using only the toes of your injured foot. Repeat 10 to 20 times. When this gets easy, add more resistance by placing a book or small weight on the end of the towel.

  • Ankle Inversion/Eversion- With the leg relaxed, gently turn ankle and foot in and out. Move through full range of motion. Avoid pain.


Standing on the injured ankle, place an elastic band under a table leg and over uninjured ankle. Pull to side, hold and return. Then face in opposite direction and pull across the injured ankle.

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