This article is part of the mini-series 7 Joints in 7 Days: A video mini-course to help you knock out joint stiffness in less than 10 minutes a day.
Do you deal with a stiff ankle – or both ankles? Stretching may help, but stretches designed for muscles instead of the underlying joint might not hit the right spots.
Ankle stiffness is common in athletes in impact sports, including running, soccer, gymnastics, football, and basketball. It’s also quite common in military and first responders who perform high impact activity while wearing protective boots. The right ankle is commonly affected in people who drive for extended periods of time.
Stiffness may also be familiar to people who have a history of ankle sprains, have suffered a broken foot or shin bone, or have been diagnosed with arthritis. Stiffness often develops in the months or years following ankle surgery, or following a high impact or twisting injury of the foot.
If you’ve tried other flexibility exercises without luck, giving some attention to your ankle joint may do the trick. Joint mobility exercises lubricate and increase blood flow, and can help you alleviate stiffness in under 10 minutes a day.
Check out the video below from our 7 Joints in 7 Days video mini-course. Try the Ankle Traction exercise daily for at least ten days and see if you notice less stiffness.
If the exercises cause pain, or if your stiffness seemed related in time with other symptoms such as fever or illness, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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