How To Protect and Strengthen Your Ankles
You don’t want to only rely on your feet for your dance moves and techniques. Building muscle and having more control over your movements is necessary for preventing injury and taking off the load on your ankles and feet.
Well-developed ankles are essential for all dancers. Improving the strength helps provide stability for all movements and protects your ankles. A simple adjustment by adding strength exercises to your dance routines can make a tremendous change.
Here are a few ways to strengthen your ankles and prevent future injury:
1. Practice Balance
Not only will it improve your ankle muscles, it will also improve your lower leg muscles. Simply standing on each leg, trying to balance for a minute every day, can make a huge difference.
Put the band on the top part of your foot and flex 10-15 reps per leg a day. Doing this will help improve your ankle and lower leg muscles. Once that becomes easier for you, you can do two sets of those a day or increase the resistance depending on what band you’re on.
If you have strong ankle strength and want to challenge yourself, a balance board might be something you want to consider. Before starting, inquire from your teacher to see how they might feel about you using a balance board. They might want you to use it in front of them to ensure you don't hurt yourself. It’ll strengthen your ankles, knees, and hips. And also improve your postures.
Learn more about What Is A Balance Board