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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Easy and Novel Ankle Resets

Remember, it's not about what tips and tricks you use to get someone moving, it's how you educate them to move and keep the improvements between sessions.

5 Easy and Novel Ankle Resets

1) End Range Great Toe Flexion
  • as a pattern it is often limited in extension and may be painful to stretch in that direction
  • limits in great toe extension often cause forefoot eversion during gait, thus changing the pattern from bottom up
  • a more novel way to get to end range is passive end range great toe flexion
  • add IR/ER or oscillate to make it more comfortable
2) Repeated End Range Ankle Plantarflexion with Inversion
  • stretching into dorsiflexion is often limited by perception of pain/tightness in the posterior chain
  • slacking that posterior chain and attaining threat free end range is much easier with repeated plantarflexion and inversion
  • test and retest your limited ankle df before and after this, quick and easy!
3) Calcaneal Rocks
  • self mobilization of the subtalar joint is just as easy
  • just oscillate/wiggle back and forth in the sagittal, coronal, and transverse planes
  • try in various positions of dorsiflexion and plantarflexion
4) Calcaneal Chops
  • going with the theme that joint "mobilization" is really just joint "stimulation" what is more novel than chopping at the joint a bit?
  • you get the same effect as a manip, quick impulses of novel input
  • just make sure you tell the patient what you're doing before you go nuts on their calcaneus
5) Tibial Lateral Glide and IR variation
  • a lack of tibial IR and forefoot eversion often lead to limited ability for the tibia to translate anteriorly over the talus and also glide laterally (for a knees out cue)
  • this is a very powerful self reset and can be progressed with tibial IR/forefoot inversion variation as shown in the quick video
There you go! Quick and easy to implement to any home program or warm up!

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