Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-27


Hi There, I have hurt my ankle for the 3rd time in a couple of weeks. Is there any exercises I can do to make it stronger.

Thank you

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Hi there

How have you hurt it? Same injury each time? Different? Where does it hurt? It's impossible to answer this one, I'm afraid.

The ankle is pretty complex - you might have ligament problems, might be tendons, might be the achilles tendon. I would assume it's the same injury three times. That you've just gone out and overdone it the first time, and once injured, the ankle has not had a chance to recover and so it's been hurt a couple more times.

I would suggest taking a day or two off. I don't know what you're doing, but whatever it is, back off. If it's running, then rather don't for a couple of days. Then once that's done, try by walking and see how it goes. If you have pain on walking, then you need to see a physio, because there's something wrong that needs to be treated. If it's OK, then continue walking, but just increase the distance a little more each day. Eventually start jogging again.

Sorry to be so vague, but it's really impossible to guess at the cause without more information this side.

Good luck

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