Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in ballet: Out of a group of 24 serious dancers, 2 to 7 will sprain their ankle within a year, according to a study done at the University of Sydney. And because so many dancers attempt to work through the pain, up to 65 percent of them will still suffer from ankle problems three years later.
If you have one ankle that’s stronger than the other, listen up! According to a recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes with uneven ankle strengths are nine times more likely to sprain an ankle, especially when landing from jumps. When the muscles surrounding your ankle don't have the same amount of strength in each foot, the impact of the jump doesn't get absorbed evenly, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments. Try some of these exercises to even yourself out: