Ankle Injuries & Ankle Sprains: 1 Legged Squat

The one-legged squat is an excellent exercise after injuring your ankle from a ligament sprain. It works your quad, posterior hip, core muscles and your balance and proprioception to help with your functional recovery. Starting with tall posture, engage your core muscles below the belly button by drawing the lower abs inwards toward the spine. Avoid arching the low back. With arms in a ready position do a one-legged squat with your body weight distributed equally over the foot. Don’t go any lower than a ninety degree bend in the knees, keeping your knees in alignment with your second toe and over your heel as much as possible. Hold for a good long second and then straighten back up with your butt muscles to the start. Do three sets of ten repetitions daily.