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.