The word ankle is derived from the Latin word “angulus” — meaning “little corner or angle” — describing the bend between foot and calf.
There are numerous muscles involved in the foot and ankle, including the anterior tibial, which allows upwards movement of the foot, the posterior tibial, supporting the arch of the foot, the peroneal tibial, controlling the movement on the outside of the ankle, and extensors and flexors which help the ankle raise the toes and lower the toes during walking.
But on a daily basis, the movement of the ankle is limited to the forward-backward motion that comes from walking and running. Ankles can become stiff, and that can eventually result in pain that transfers to the foot, the calf, and leg, eventually traveling to the back and even the neck.
Check out the blog below to learn more about a simple exercise to share with your clients that will improve their ankle health.
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“Many clients schedule appointments in my office because of “calf pain.” While the lower leg (“calf” doesn’t have a large number of muscles, it is a very mobile area (we use it while we walk and even activate it often while we’re laying down). Since strengthening the calf and ankle is often counterintuitive to pain, this stretch will explore increasing ankle agility, which can often result in a feeling of decreased pain. While this won’t replicate the muscle release we feel during massage therapy, it’s a wonderful practice to maintain ankle and lower leg health.”