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09/28/2014 at 12:16 pm #75311
I’m going to try to sum everything up.
Ankle injuries and anatomy:
- Several mild sprains as a kid, playing handball doing gymnastics.
- Growing pain in the ankles (but who haven’t had that?)
- Bunionett on the right foot
- Bone spurs on the back of both heels (lateral to the heel cord)
- Don’t think I got rear foot varus.
- I’m 99% sure I’ve always walked with feet straight, or almost straight.
- When I walk I notice that as I put the front foot down and move into dorsiflexion, my knee goes in (valgus). It’s either that or pain when knee goes over toes. Same with running.
- As a kid I think my legs flared out as I ran fast (knee in, foot out)
Mobility work I’ve done:
- Banded and not banded ankle mobs, heel elevated, front foot elevated, weighted, kneeling, standing
- Sliding surfaces with ball and voodoo floss
- Gliding of the lateral malleolus
- Soft tissue work: gastroc, soleus, pos/ant tibialis, bottom of feet
- Doing the basic ankle mob (mulligan) with band pulling the tibia back, the pinching at the front gets worse.
- Band pulling tibia forward doesn’t feel any different from without band.
- Nothing eases the pain at the front.
- My skin slides good now.
- Sometimes I feel a stretch behind the lateral malleolus (not heel cord) in dorsiflexion, usually with straight or slightly bent leg.
- My manual therapist did some joint manipulations and deep tissue massage of the soleus.
- Been doing this for 3 months.
What I’m doing for my ATFL? No idea! Haven’t gone into that much detail, but I’ve pretty much tried everything on MWOD.
I’m not giving up, but I do need to prioritize. I’m starting boxing in january and I’m hoping to start BJJ/MMA/Thai Boxing/SW before 2016. I’m not getting any younger! 😛
Added a video in the link below, pretty clumsy one though, of feet from the back, and side into dorsiflexion. Maybe it won’t show anything, but who knows? Video in comment below.