Balance and control exercises for ankle sprain

Picture of balance and control exercise for an ankle sprain
Picture of balance and control exercises for an ankle sprain

Talk with your doctor or physical therapist if you have questions about how to do these or any other exercises for ankle sprains. Do not try these exercises if you could not do them before you injured your ankle.


  1. Stand on just your injured foot while holding your arms out to your sides with your eyes open. If you have a hard time keeping your balance, try holding on to a door frame for the first few times you do the exercise. When you feel steady, try the exercise without holding on. When you can do this for 60 seconds, try adding the advanced moves in the next level.
  2. Stand on your injured foot only and:
    • Hold your arms across your chest with your eyes open.
    • Hold your arms out to the sides and close your eyes.
    • Hold your arms across your chest and close your eyes.

Last Updated: December 31, 2009

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

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