Is Ankle Mobility Impairing Your Squat?
Written by: Sasha Guay, Registered Physiotherapist, MSc(PT)
Ankle mobility impairing your squat?
Ankle mobility is an important component of the bottom of your squat. Pinching at the front of your ankle while squatting or doing similar movement, such as descending stairs, could be a sign that you have decreased dorsiflexion (bringing the foot to the shin), potentially because of dysfunction of the talocrural joint.
Check out the knee to wall test to objectively measure your ankle dorsiflexion mobility. If there is a greater than 2cm difference between sides, then this is clinically significant and highlights an area for improvement. If you feel pinching at the front of the ankle while doing this then try the belted mobilization with movement exercise demonstrated.
Sasha Guay, MSc(PT)
Sasha joined the GRSM team in May 2019. She completed her Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at the University of Guelph, following her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s. She is in the process of completing her manual therapy levels and is looking forward to obtaining her acupuncture certification. She is passionate about working with athletes and has enjoyed working with a Minor Midget AAA hockey team, varsity lacrosse at the University of Guelph and Western, as well as rugby clubs at International events. She’s excited to work in the GRSM atmosphere, as she comes from a background of sport herself. She played varsity rugby at the University of Western Ontario while completing her undergrad in Kinesiology. She has competed in a variety of other sports, such as hockey, soccer and field hockey. Passions outside of physiotherapy include hiking, spending time with her friends, family and dog, cooking and interval training.