Exercises for Ankle and Foot Burns

Southern Tasmania Area Health ServicesTasmanian Health Service - Southern Region

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Exercises for Ankle and Foot Burns

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure

Following a burn to the leg and foot it is important to keep your ankle moving to prevent stiffness.  Ankles and toes can become stiff following a burn due to the tightening or contracture of the scar during healing.

These exercises will help your foot move normally again following your burn.

It is important that you do these exercises WHILE your burn is healing and not just after it has healed.

Do these exercises every waking hour, x10 repetitions.  Keep your leg elevated.It is also important to elevate your leg during the day to reduce the amount of swelling in your foot.



Toe Curling

Bend your toes as much as you can.

Drawing Demonstrating Toe Curling 


Draw Circles With Your Ankle

Point your toes towards the ground and move your ankles in circles.


Ankle Plantarflexion

Bend your ankle so your toes are pointing down to the floor (imagine you are pushing the accelerator down in your care).

Drawing Demonstrating Ankle Plantarflexion 


Ankle Dorsiflexion

Bend your ankle so that your toes are pointing up to the ceiling.
Drawing Demonstrating Ankle Dorsiflexion 


Ankle Eversion

Turn your ankle outwards so that the sole of your foot is facing away from your other foot.

Drawing Demonstration of Ankle Eversion 


Ankle Inversion

Turn your ankle inwards so that the sole of your foot is facing your other foot.

Drawing Demonstration of Ankle Inversion 


Argyle Street Car Park

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
Friday 8.00 am – 9.30 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Market Place Car Park

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This information was correct at time of publication. For updated information please refer to Hobart City Council's website 

Street parking

Parking spaces are available outside the RHH in Campbell and Argyle Streets.

Short-term parking

Short term parking for people with disabilities, and/or for patient drop off/pick up is available in the forecourt of the RHH in Liverpool Street and outside the RHH in Argyle and Campbell Streets.

Please note:

The Liverpool Street entrance to the RHH is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week but the Argyle and Campbell Street entrances are closed between the hours of 8.30pm to 6am.

Contact Details

Burns Outpatient Clinic
12th Floor, Wellington Clinics
Argyle Street

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone:  6166 0098
Fax:  6234 9636

Wednesdays, Weekends, Public Holidays and after hours contact

Tasmanian Burns Unit
Surgical Specialities
5th Floor, A Block
Telephone:  6166 8566 (this service is also available 24hrs/day for advice)
Fax:  6234 9636

Printable PDF Brochure

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania's largest hospital and provides a number of state-wide services that include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, burns, hyperbaric and diving medicine, neonatal and paediatric intensive care and high-risk obstetrics.

It is the major teaching and research hospital for the state and works closely with the University of Tasmania.

Many health care professions are taught within the RHH, and gaining skills in examining and interviewing patients is an important part of their education and training.

We ask for your cooperation and encourage you to participate in our teaching and research activities.

Your permission is required for participation.

The RHH encourages feedback from patients, relatives and visitors.  This feedback enables staff to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and assists us in continuing to provide the best in patient care.  Contact the Manager, Consumer Liaison Service, telephone 1800 811 911.

RHH is a smoke-free site

Date: August 2014