No one can totally prevent an ankle sprain, but you can do certain stretches and exercises to improve ankle stability and your overall balance—which lowers your injury chances. The stretches and exercises belowall target your lower leg and can be added to any workout.
Straight-Leg Calf Stretch
Stand about 2 feet in front of a wall in a staggered stance, right foot in front of your left. Place your hands on the wall and lean against it. Shift your weight to your back foot until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds on each side, then repeat twice for a total of three sets. Perform this routine daily, and up to three times a day if you’re really tight.