Best Ankle Mobility & Calf Stretches

Best Ankle Mobility Stretches

These are the best ankle exercises to fix your tight ankles, decrease pain, and improve performance!

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Calf-Hamstring Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Knee Extension
  • Improve Ankle Dorsi-flexion

Improve Hip Flexion

Focus:

  1. Knee Extension (Gastrocnemius, Hamstring Complex)
  2. Ankle Dorsi-Flexion (Gastrocnemius)

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  • With your knee fully extended, place the ball of your foot on a slightly raised surface and allow for your ankle to fully dorsiflex (pull your toes up towards your face).
  • Keep weight on the ball of your foot and your knee fully extended as you lean your torso forward.
  • Maintain a neutral spine and lean until you feel a stretch behind your knee.
  • Be active in the stretch by coming in and out of tension under control, contract-relax techniques and by flexing the opposing muscles (Quadriceps, Anterior Tibialis) to deepen the stretch.

Paleo Chair

Purpose:

  • Increase ankle dorsiflexion
  • Spinal decompression
  • Hip Flexion

Focus:

  1. Ankle Dorsiflexion (Soleus)

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  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and toes straight or turned out slightly.
  • Brace your core and externally rotate (twist) your knees out during the entire movement while clenching your toes into the ground.
  • Begin the motion by opening your hips and descending into a full depth squat while keeping your feet flat.
  • Only go as deep as you can while keeping your heels down. 
  • Hold at the bottom position for time.
  • If you do not have enough mobility to get into a full depth squat you can hold onto a solid object for balance.
  • Try to accumulate at least 2 minutes in the bottom position and work up to 5-10 minutes.
  • To increase the stretch you can attempt to put more weight on one side and lean over your knee.

Weighted Deep Squat Calf Stretch

Purpose:

  • Improve Ankle Dorsi-flexion and Calf Function

Focus:

  1. Ankle Dorsi-flexion (Soleus/ calf muscle)
  • While holding a barbell, place it just above your kneecaps go into a full depth squat.
  • Ensure that your heels are down in this position, and only rise slightly as you push the weight and your knees forward.
  • Move around in this position to create change, by flexing the opposing muscles and moving under control.
  • You may put more stress on one side by leaning the barbell to that side or placing all the weight on one side at a time.
  • Use this stretch sparingly as it is more intense than non-weighted mobility techniques.

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