Do your feet ever hurt? What about your ankles, have you ever twisted or sprained your ankle? With such a small part of your body supporting all of your weight, you’re bound to feel achy at some point in your life!
A thesis from Brigham Young University, titled, “The Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Dorsiflexion in Chronic Ankle Instability” was set to determine if WBV used with static stretching would be more effective than static stretching alone in improving dorsiflexion (up & down) range of motion in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Subjects stretched 4 days/week for 3 weeks for 4 sets of 30 seconds alternating 2 different positions to stretch both the soleus and the gastrocnemius (two large muscles that make up the muscles in the calves). The conclusion was that static stretching with WBV did increase the range of motion, especially when flexing the foot upward in subjects with chronic ankle instability, better than static stretching alone.
Simple Ways To Strengthen Feet & Ankles
Standing on a WBV unit will strengthen the muscles around the ankle, but also standing on one foot and any type of balancing posture will help. Our new(ish) unit, nicknamed the “Indie 500” will specifically strengthen the inner arch of the foot, as well as surrounding muscles of the feet, ankles, and calves.
Here is an easy exercise to work the ankles using WBV: