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Get clued up on the ins and outs of ankles with our user’s guide #running #runchat

Get clued up on the ins and outs of ankles with our user’s guide #running #runchat

Your ankle both drives you forward and minimises impact forces. ‘When your foot hits the ground, the ankle’s dorsiflexion – when your toes move closer to the shin – acts as a kind of shock-deferral device,’ says physiotherapist Paul Hobrough of Physio and Therapy . ‘Along with your knees and hips, the ankle allows the body to absorb multiple times your body weight. Then, stabilising muscles and the elastic recoil of your Achilles tendon enable the ankle’s next phase, known as plantar flexion, in which your toes move away from your body, to propel you forward and upward again. ’The ankle also works in tandem with your foot to allow impact-absorbing pronation (inward roll of the foot). ‘A locking mechanism within the tarsal bones in the foot creates a stiff foot and ankle for maximum drive forward,’ says Hobrough. ‘Pronation takes place when this mechanism unlocks, allowing ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/health/the-ankle-a-users-gu...

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