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Alleviating Ailing Ankles: Part 2 | Boddicker Performance

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Alleviating Ailing Ankles: Part 2

by on Jan 4th, 2010

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In the first round of Alleviating Ailing Ankles, I discussed the function of the ankle joint and demonstrated a few exercises to help achieve additional range of motion in dorsiflexion.  While on the surface it seemed to be a very extensive article, luckily for you and I alike, the foot and ankle are extremely complicated and thus true ankle health and “mobility” is a multifactorial issue, and often just training “dorsiflexion” is not sufficient.

In this article, I will discuss with you further the structure, function, and pathomechanics of the ankle in another critical motion to foot and ankle health—subtalar inversion and eversion—and also give you a few practical solutions for restoring mobility…

Read the rest, at SB Coaches College

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  • Kelly Clinevell February 5, 2010

    Enjoyed both of your articles on efts and am looking forward to learning from your site. I work primarily with teenage females and I see a lot of ankles that ache and feet that are stuck in eversion. When I have them do ankle mobility I have them stay out of eversion — is this a mistake?

  • Carson Boddicker February 5, 2010

    Kelly,

    If dorsiflexion is all you need, keeping them out of eversion is not such a bad idea as you know that eversion, dorsiflexion, and abduction together equals pronation. That said, if you have an athlete stuck in inversion or varus, then we need to create mobility and then subsequent neuromuscular control at the subtalar joint.

    Best regards,
    Carson Boddicker

  • Jim Hansen June 20, 2010

    Carson,
    What is the “wedge” device that you use? Can it just be anything solid or is a specific type of shape? I have had years of left leg running problems. An ART doctor that I am starting to see said that my left heel is inverted and that I have functional hallux limitus in both feet. However in my left “wonky” foot it goes into a big pronation after I guess a suppination that the inverted heel creates (if I understand it correctly). Anyhow it looks crazy when I run and creates havoc in my hips and back.
    Jim

  • Carson Boddicker June 20, 2010

    Jim,

    That is a pretty common variable. Honestly, you can use anything with some form of incline. They make wedges for nerve glides that I use to enhance ankle mobilization techniques, but anything will work. I think in the video that is the front half of an old running shoe.

    Regards,
    Carson Boddicker

  • Jim Hansen June 21, 2010

    Thanks Carson,
    I’ll dig up some old shoes to cut up and see what I can do.
    Jim

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