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Old 02-23-06, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
This is a very tricky exercise. What I suggest is doing ankle rotations with resistance. Basically, instead of spinning your ankle around, you resist it with your arm. Of course as you go around in a circle you will have to change how you apply the resistance.

It takes some getting used too, but this exercise will both strengthen and stretch.
What I would consider the first proper response. Calf strenth has little to do with ankle flexibility. You must stretch the tendons and ligaments. We used to walk on the outsides of our feet before football practice, then do exercises similar to what willtsmith described and we had a ultra low rate of sprains (3 people in 4 years). It takes time, but you have to build up flexibility. Braces will do the opposite and I stay as far away from them as possible.
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