Must Try for Runners

Pronation & Ankle Exercise

Steve Gonser PT DPT, Sept 2021

Must Try for Runners

Pronation & Ankle Exercise

Steve Gonser PT DPT, Sept 2021

Is your balance off, or do you feel like your feet are weak and your balance is off?

Weak feet and poor balance can lead to a variety of issues. The weakness allows for overpronating and poor alignment of the lower leg during your stride. The result? A loss of power at push-off and an increased chance for developing pain, soreness, and stiffness.

So how do you strengthen your feet and ankles for a long and healthy running career? Well, it’s not by using exercise bands or tubing — you need to use runner-specific exercise.

Below are three runner-specific exercises to improve foot and ankle strength. Each exercise is a staple movement throughout my injury recovery plans and RunSmart strength workouts.

Give them a try and ask yourself:

  • Can I do five reps of each without losing balance?
  • Do my right and left legs feel similar?
  • Can I reach the same distance on each side?

If your answer is “no” to any bullet, there’s a good chance you have an imbalance, weakness, or tightness that will slow you down or causing injury.

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