Physical Therapy for Ankle Pain

Woman with ankle pain


What Causes Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain may stem from conditions like arthritis or gout, overuse, or injury. Some of the following injuries that may cause ankle pain include:


How Can I Relieve Ankle Pain?

If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is important to seek help from a medical professional. Seek help from a foot and ankle doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Your ankle doctor may recommend a brace/boot, medication, physical therapy, or even surgery.


Physical Therapy for Ankle Pain

Physical therapy is an amazing non-surgical treatment option for ankle pain. Your physical therapist may incorporate a variety of strengthening and stretching exercises into your treatment plan. If you have ankle pain, try these exercises for relief and injury prevention:


1. Ankle Circles

Start by sitting in a chair with one leg resting across your other leg. Do 15 circles clockwise and 15 counterclockwise.  


2. Calf Stretch

Stand up with one foot out in front of you. Lean your foot against a chair or the wall and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5 times.


3. Lateral Jump

Place a rolled towel on the ground. Jump over the towel and land on your injured foot. Jump back over the towel on your other foot. Repeat 5 times.


4. Towel stretch

Sit on the floor with your legs straight out. Hold a rolled towel around your foot with both hands. Gradually turn your ankle inward while pulling the towel with the outer hand. Hold for 30 seconds.


5. Plantar Flexion

Sit on the ground with your legs straight. Point your foot forward until you feel a stretch. Hold this pose for 15 seconds.


How Can I Prevent Future Ankle Pain?


Seek Help From A Physical Therapist

If you are experiencing ankle pain, seek help from one of our physical therapists in Nashville or Franklin, TN. We have convenient locations with access to the latest physical therapy technology. To schedule an appointment, call us or request an appointment online.



Marina von Rutenberg Marina is the Marketing Coordinator for Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. She has been writing and reviewing medical content since 2021.

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