How do I get my ankle to bend more?
September 29, 2007 2:05 AM Subscribe
My left ankle joint is inflexible, which affects my form when I'm working out. Can I change this? What kind of doctor should I see? Is there hope?
posted by creasy boy to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few years ago I used to get repeated small sprains of my left ankle just from walking around. I worked on strengthening the ankle muscles and it hasn't happened for a long time. But when I do calf stretches the left ankle just doesn't budge as far as the right. When I try to squat down on one leg, my right side has full range of motion, but on the left side my knee caves in to compensate for the ankle. When I do squats with weight, if I take a normal stance then either my left heel pops up or my left knee caves in or I bend my lower back too much. I've compensated by taking a sumo stance with my feet pointed out about 35 degrees, and this way I can get down to a full squat with a straight back and straight knees. However I'm still worried that over time my ankle inflexibility will give me knee or back problems. Even when I'm running I've noticed my left foot pointing outwards more.
I'm willing to go to doctors and spend lots of time stretching it but I don't know how or even if there is any point. It seems like the problem is really not my calf muscle but the joint itself. I am grateful for any advice from medical experts or fitness nerds.