By Christina | March 27, 2009
There are four basic movements that the ankle can perform:Plantar Flexion (pointing), Dorsi Flexion (flexing), Inversion (point toes inward) and Eversion (point toes outward) and you need to strengthen the muscles that contribute to all the possible movements to prevent that “wobbly” feeling you are describing. Here are a few exercises that should help you on the Wii Fit or anywhere else you need some extra ankle stability:
1. Stand on your toes, with your heel as high as you can lift it and hold there for ten seconds initially. Repeat on the other foot. Continue repeating the movement at least 15 times. You can use a chair or counter for balance and support.
2. This one can be fun. Place one foot out slightly in front of the other and lift the toes of the front foot, keeping the heel on the ground.Now, tap your toes up and down – not too quickly – think “impatiently waiting for someone” toe tapping.
3. Sit comfortably on the floor or on a mat and extend your feet out n front of you. Point the toes inward as far as you can and then out. Hold in each position for ten seconds. 4. Get creative – Use your foot as an air brush and draw pictures or write your name in the air moving only your feet. This will work the ankle in every direction.