Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Ankle mobility is an area many people struggle with
Most of the exercises we see to develop ankle mobility are targeting the soft tissues usually in the saggital plane only
But what if it was both more complex yet also much simpler than this?
There's been a trend over the last decade to refer to the shoulder as the "shoulder complex"
This is a nod to the fact that the shoulder isn't just where the "arm bone meets the body bone"
But it is in fact a communication between three bones, the clavicle, the scapula and the humerus.
With a multitude of muscles that affect the movement in the shoulder complex
I'd very much like to extend the nomenclature to include the foot and ankle complex.
This complex includes:
The 26 bones of the foot AND the two bones of the lower leg.
Just thinking of the ankle as the talocrural joint is about as useful as thinking of the shoulder only in terms of the glenohumeral joint.
The talocrural joint is the joint most ankle mobility exercises focus on.
With the majority of them focusing on flexing and extending this joint, ie pointing the toes (plantar flexion) pulling the toes towards the shin (dorsiflexion)
This works perfectly fine if the Talus bone (the "talo" part of talocrural" is sitting pretty and wearing the shin bones like headph