Exercises to Improve Your Ankle Mobility

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Ever wondered how you can elevate your ankle mobility? Whether you’re bouncing back from an ankle injury, are fervent sports enthusiast, or someone aspiring for superior overall ankle health, This comprehensive guide is your roadmap to success. 

We curated a series of exercises meticulously designed to enhance both your flexibility and strength, empowering you to stride confidently towards a healthier and more resilient you.

Exercise #1: Soft Tissue Work with Foam Roller

To kickstart your routine, engage in soft tissue work using a foam roller. This crucial pre-exercise practice is designed to boost flexibility and range of motion around the joints, particularly focusing on the bottom of the foot. If you’re accustomed to tight or uncomfortable footwear, this simple routine can significantly enhance both comfort and performance.

Follow these Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Get Your Foam Roller: Choose between a regular or vibrating foam roller, placing it on the floor. Activate the vibration for an extra boost.
  • Roll Your Foot: Gently roll one foot over the foam roller from front to back, applying steady pressure. Concentrate on the bottom of your foot, spending about 30 seconds on each foot. Pay attention to any sore spots, especially in the middle or towards the heel.
  • Switch and Roll Again: Repeat the process on the other foot, focusing on any tender areas while maintaining comfortable pressure. The aim is to alleviate tension and enhance overall ease.

Pro tip: Give extra attention to the middle and heel areas, especially if you regularly wear tight shoes or high heels.

Exercise #2: Calf and Achilles Foam Rolling

Now, move on to a vital foam rolling exercise targeting the calves and Achilles. Tightness in these areas can restrict your ankles range of motion, affecting activities such as dorsiflexion.  You can start from the bottom up to address different segments of the calves.

Follow these Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Roll Up and Down: Position the foam roller under your calves, starting near the Achilles. Roll up and down, focusing on areas of tension for 10 to 15 reps.
  • Active Release Technique:  When you encounter significant tension, hold the foam roller, lower your butt down, and point your toes up and down. Repeat this process for 10 reps at each tense spot.
  • Target Outer and Inner Calves: Turn to the side to target the outer calf and then inward for the inner calf. Perform up-and-down movements for 10 reps each. Ensure balance by repeating these steps on both sides.

Exercise #3: Half Kneeling Ankle Mobility

Next, it’s time to focus on the Half Kneeling Ankle Mobility Exercise. This exercise specifically targets the improvement of ankle range of motion, making it an invaluable addition to your routine.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Positioning: Assume a half kneeling stance with most weight on the front foot, keeping the heel flat on the ground.
  • Movement: Push forward without equipment, holding briefly, and then push back, focusing on ankle mobility. Rock back and forth 15 times. If using weights, hold them to intensify the stretch while keeping your heel down.
  • Form and Range of Motion: Ensure proper form, with the heel flat and the knee aligned. Be aware of your end range of motion for activities like squats.

Bonus Tip: Add a kettlebell for extra resistance and depth

Exercise #4: Strengthening with Heel Raises

Cap off your routine with Strengthening Heel Raises to maintain your newfound range of motion. This simple yet effective exercise helps build strength. 

Follow these guide:

  • Get Your Equipment Ready: Place a squishy ball between your ankles to enhance calf muscle activation.
  • Execute the Heel Raises: Stand tall, tighten your hips, and lift your heels off the ground. Aim for controlled descents without letting your heels touch the ground, engaging your calf muscles effectively.
  • Optimize Reps and Focus: Perform four sets of 20 heel raises, maintaining the squishy ball between your ankles. Feel the inner calves working for a comprehensive strengthening effect.

Bonus Tips: For added ankle power, incorporate plyometric exercises like pogo hops. Experiment with various directions and single-leg variations, ensuring each session stays under 10 seconds for safety. 

Check out this video with Dr.Natty to learn more.

By incorporating these targeted exercises into your routine, you’re on the path to improved ankle mobility and strength. Whether you’re gearing up for sports or simply prioritizing your overall well-being, these tips will guide you towards a more flexible and resilient foundation. Remember, consistency is key, so make these exercises a regular part of your wellness journey.

At Myokinetix, our dedication is geared towards empowering you to optimize your mobility and break free from movement limitations. Our team of seasoned healthcare professionals is committed to propelling your performance, ensuring your sustained activity, and fostering an elevated sense of overall well-being. Start the journey now to unlock your full movement potential and embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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