Despite their small size, ankles bear much of our body weight, which can leave them vulnerable to injuries such as sprains and tibial tendonitis. Strong ankles will not only experience fewer injuries, but also improve running stride, overall athletic performance, and protect adjacent joints in the knees, lower back, and hips from injuries, too. Whether you recently hurt your ankle and want to prevent re-injury or simply want to improve your muscle strength, here are some physical therapy moves that can help optimize them.