How do I stretch my ankle after a sprain?
After the initial pain and swelling from your ankle sprain have subsided
(usually within 5-7 days) and you can tolerate weight on your foot, you can begin stretching exercises in stages. The goal of these exercises is to restore your ankle's range of motion.
Once ankle range of motion has been almost or completely restored, you must strengthen your ankle.
Along with strengthening, you should work toward a feeling of stability and comfort in your ankle, which foot and ankle ankle orthopaedic specialists call proprioception.
Perform the following home exercises twice a day to stretch your ankle. If you experience any pain or other problems, consult with your foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon.
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