Day 8: Beginner Foot / Ankle Stretches & Exercises - Whole Body Wellness Challenge

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

Buy the Foot Ankle Routine worksheetIt's Foot / Ankle Stretches & Exercises Day in my Whole Body Wellness Challenge for beginners! This real-time foot/ankle routine is simple, but effective in helping strengthen the feet/ankles & relieve pain.

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These Foot / Ankle Stretches & Exercises are not only great for the foot and ankle, but they are also great for the knees and lower legs.

For this routine, you will need a stretch strap, belt, or dog leash to stretch.

Let’s begin with a quick 2 minute warm up to help get the muscles loose and ready to go. Ankle pumps, ankle circles, and ankle alphabet will help the muscles get ready for the routine.

After the warm up, isometric exercises are a great way to activate the muscles, but not make big movements that might cause pain. Ankle dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, eversion, and inversion isometrics will help activate the muscles around the ankle and foot to improve stability and decrease pain.

Then going into some full stretches with a calf stretch with a strap, a seated anterior tibialis stretch, and a seated posterior tibialis stretch will really help improve motion and decrease tight muscles.

Next, seated heel toe raises are great to start exercising the muscles.

Finally, in standing, heel raises and mini squats are great exercises to work the muscles you have just lengthened and loosened up.

Congratulations on finishing Day 8 of my Whole Body Wellness Challenge. See you back here for Day 9!

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