Healthy Ankles

Why Healthy Ankles Matter

Maintaining mobility and stability in the ankle joint is essential for overall lower body function and injury prevention. Healthy ankles play a crucial role in supporting the body's weight and facilitating movement, making them susceptible to injury if not properly maintained. Understanding why healthy ankles matter and how they impact your overall lower body health is key to keeping your ankles strong and stable.

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, ankle sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, with millions occurring each year. Prioritizing healthy ankles by focusing on mobility and stability can help reduce the risk of sprains and other ankle-related issues, improving your ability to move comfortably and efficiently. Let's dive in! 

Healthy Ankles

Healthy Ankles

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Ankles:

Focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the ankle, including the calf muscles and peroneal muscles. Strong muscles provide better support for the ankle joint and help prevent sprains and instability.
Addressing Ankle Flexibility and Stiffness:

If you experience issues with ankle flexibility or stiffness, it’s essential to address them promptly. Targeted stretching and mobility drills can help improve ankle flexibility and reduce stiffness, promoting healthy ankles and reducing the risk of injury.

Range of Motion Exercises: Incorporate exercises that focus on improving ankle range of motion, such as ankle circles and dorsiflexion/plantarflexion movements. These exercises help maintain flexibility and mobility in the ankle joint.

Proprioceptive Training: Perform proprioceptive exercises to improve balance and stability in the ankle joint. Activities like single-leg balance exercises and wobble board drills can help enhance proprioception and reduce the risk of ankle sprains.

How Pilates Supports Healthy Ankles:

Pilates is renowned for its focus on core strength, stability, and alignment, all of which indirectly support ankle health. By promoting overall body alignment, Pilates helps reduce excessive stress on the ankles and encourages proper weight distribution across the feet. Specific Pilates exercises target the muscles of the feet and ankles, enhancing their strength and flexibility to support ankle mobility and stability.

GYROTONIC and Healthy Ankles:

The GYROTONIC Method’s fluid, circular movements engage the entire body, including the ankles. By improving mobility, coordination, and balance, GYROTONIC indirectly contributes to ankle health by promoting proper foot mechanics. These dynamic movements help strengthen the muscles of the feet and ankles, enhancing their ability to support ankle alignment and maintain stability during movement.


In conclusion, maintaining mobility and stability in the ankle joint is crucial for overall lower body health and function. By prioritizing healthy ankles through range of motion exercises, proprioceptive training, and muscle strengthening, you can reduce the risk of injury and enhance your ability to move comfortably and efficiently.

Contact Us:

Ready to prioritize healthy ankles in your fitness journey? Whether you’re recovering from an ankle injury or looking to prevent future issues, our combined therapy approach at CORE Therapy and Pilates specializes in improving ankle health and function. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve optimal ankle mobility and stability for healthy ankles.