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Old 04-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Loss of left ankle mobility

Back in May 2010 I broke my ankle. More specifically, I broke about a 2cm piece or so off of my left lateral malleolus.

Well, I didn't know it was actually broken till November 2010; and had it removed in December 2010, with the tendons/ligaments reattached to the 'new bottom' of the lateral malleolus. LOL

Fast forward to now; there's no pain, I can run on it just fine, etc. However, I've felt a bit 'off' in my squatting. Aside from other obvious issues that I am working on (e.g., mobility, loosening hip flexor muscles, etc.), I realized last night that I don't have quite the 'looseness' or range of motion in my left ankle as I do in my right. F'rinstance, if I sit there and try to point my toes @ the ceiling, I can lift my right foot an inch or so higher than my left foot.

SO...are there particular exercises or stretches and such that I can do to loosen that ankle up and increase range of motion? I've been checking out the MobilityWOD site, and found a good 'ankle capsule' video for loosening it up; but wanted to know of any other suggestions.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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Re: Loss of left ankle mobility

Get a band and wrap it around your calf to pull the leg forward as you move into dorsiflexion.

That will assist with the posterior glide of the talus enabling you to bend it more
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Re: Loss of left ankle mobility

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Get a band and wrap it around your calf to pull the leg forward as you move into dorsiflexion.

That will assist with the posterior glide of the talus enabling you to bend it more
I will do this...just as soon as I figure out what the heck you just said.
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Re: Loss of left ankle mobility

Have your foot face a pole. Wrap a band around the pole, and then around your calf. Make sure it's pulling on the calf. Now, stretch your ankle
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Re: Loss of left ankle mobility

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Have your foot face a pole. Wrap a band around the pole, and then around your calf. Make sure it's pulling on the calf. Now, stretch your ankle
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