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Although mainly a knee exercise, lunges can be used to improve the balance and strength at the ankle joint.
Technique:
  • Stand with the injured foot in front of the other, toes facing forwards
  • Bend the back knee down towards the floor, keeping the back upright
  • Stop just before the knee touches the ground and push yourself back up again
  • Start with a low number of reps, such as 3 sets of 10

 

How Often:

3 sets of 10, twice daily

 

 

 

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