Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Foot And Ankle Strengthening Exercises Useful For Neuropathy Patients (Vid)

Today's YouTube video (see link below) could be very useful for neuropathy patients suffering from pain, muscle atrophy and weakness in their feet and legs. Doctor Jo's other videos may also help you improve movement and strength in those areas and as such, help reduce the pain too - just follow the links. Videos such as this may at first may not seem to be directly connected to your condition but believe me they are and if you add this sort of easy exercise to your overall treatment regime, you'll probably notice a difference quite quickly. Worth a look.

Ankle Strengthening Exercises & Stretches - Ask Doctor Jo 6 aug. 2012

Ankle Strengthening Exercises and Stretches: 

These ankle strengthening exercises can help rehab your ankle or improve your overall balance and gait. Using a resistive band can help increase your strength with a 4-way ankle exercise routine. To see Doctor Jo's detailed blog post about this video, visit


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More details about this video: Your ankles are very important with balance. Many times when your ankles become weak, you get very poor balance, and sometimes even have a hard time walking. This video shows you some exercises to strengthen your ankles.

 This is a simple 4-way ankle exercise with a resistive band. Start off my propping your ankle up or hang your foot off the bed or table so your heel doesn't touch the floor. Put the band around the ball of your foot for good resistance. First, push your foot down and up. This is called ankle plantar flexion. 

Next you want to wrap the band around your other foot. Now you will have resistance pulling out. This is ankle eversion. Next you are going to cross your foot over the foot with the band as seen in the video, and pull your foot inward. This is ankle inversion.

 Finally, you can use a table leg or heavy chair as your anchor. Wrap it around and pull the band towards you. Pull your foot up towards your head. This is called ankle dorsiflexion. 

Start off with 10-15 times. If you get to 20-25 and it is easy, increase the resistive band. 

Ankle Strengthening Exercises & Stretches:

  DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy; however, she is not YOUR Physical Therapist and can't possibly diagnose you through the Internet. So don't use this information to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information is only intended to show you the correct technique for physical therapy exercises and should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won't help, and it could make things worse. So seriously, check with your healthcare professional before doing these techniques. If you experience any pain or difficulty while doing these exercises, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional.

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