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The Importance of Ankle Stretches

Stretches are essential for maintaining healthy, flexible ankles, which play a pivotal role in overall foot and knee health. Performing ankle stretches can enhance joint mobility, making it easier to perform daily activities and reducing the risk of injuries, particularly during exercise or sports. A variety of effective ankle stretches can be easily incorporated into your routine. For instance, while seated on a chair or floor, you can stretch your ankles by pointing your toes away from and then towards your body, holding each position for about 20 seconds and repeating five to ten times. Another beneficial stretch involves rotating the ankle, which helps to loosen the joint. Additionally, inversion and eversion stretches, where you turn your foot inward and outward, can significantly improve ankle flexibility. Incorporating dynamic movements like jumping and hopping after static stretching further prepares your ankles for more intense physical activity. Stretching the ankle muscles not only helps to prevent injuries but also optimizes performance by enhancing muscle elasticity and power. If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Priyanka Mude, DPM from North Canton Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in North Canton, Ohio . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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