In our first muscle of the day this week we are showing a motion called dorsiflexion. Dorsiflexion is really important for the overall function of the lower body, from the foot all the way up to the lower back.
Having full dorsiflexion is key to any of the following movements:
All of those things are really important and proper dorsiflexion is what has helped us evolve into upright individuals, but a lot of people have limited dorsiflexion from overuse types of activities.
When we overuse the muscles in dorsiflexion then end up producing adhesion in the muscles in the deep calf and into the foot.
This adhesion leads to the following:
The problem with having limited mobility for long periods of time is that it can put more wear and tear on the joint, tendons and ligaments. This leads to degeneration further down the road.
The problem with degeneration is that it isn't reversible and tends to get worse and worse over time.
Issues with dorsiflexion can present in several different ways:
Low back pain
Often these types of pain are more common when performing the activity, such as running or squatting and these areas get overloaded and painful.
The key is always to figure out is the pain always there or only during certain activities?
If is just during certain activities you more than likely have a problem in the ankle that is overloading those other areas.
This is why it is always key to get to a doctor who can properly assess you in a full biomechanis way to help determine the full capacity and load you are living in.
Normal dorsiflexion is 6 inches and every bit of that is needed to have a full functioning lower body that will stay injury free!