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
- 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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