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03-27-2013, 12:56 PM
I have very weak ankles. I've never injured them and I walk regularly, but I have a very unstable footing. This is affecting both my everyday life and aikido practice. I avoid running because i can fall easily, and i stumble regularly during my practice sessions (particularly in techniques where I need to move quickly, like iriminage). Whenever I fall, it feels like my foot suddenly stops supporting my body and my ankle bends to whichever direction I'm falling at.
Does anyone else have this problem, and are there any exercises that are used to specifically develop muscles in the ankles?
03-27-2013, 01:00 PM
Edit: I fall because my joints become very loose and bendy, but it is not dislocated. I sometimes have this problem with my knees and elbows too, but not as often.
03-30-2013, 12:03 PM
It might be a good idea for you to be examined by an orthopedic specialist to make certain there is not some abnormality that you should know about that would hinder you from strengthening your ankles through focused exercise and physical therapy. If the coast is clear, then put a program together and get to it!
03-30-2013, 02:20 PM
It might be a good idea for you to be examined by an orthopedic specialist to make certain there is not some abnormality that you should know about that would hinder you from strengthening your ankles through focused exercise and physical therapy.
As usual, Clark-san and I are on the same page.
Before you can solve a problem you have to know what it is.
See a sports orthopedic and then a sports physical therapist.
The do the daily discipline.
03-30-2013, 05:33 PM
The unofficial aikiweb nurse says: I agree with them, you need to have an orthopedic evaluation and I also suggest you google and read up on joint hypermobility syndrome prior to visiting the doctor.
11-20-2016, 02:03 AM
Because of my stroke I could not stand up for one month and it was difficult to walk on my right side for several years. Shihan Henry Smith can to the hospital and reminded he that I did "qi gong" many years before I got hurt. I started doing them again and my body get better right away. Things like "The Sun", "Separating Two Mountains", "The Turtle(for my feet)..." Every day I got more movement. It is the fourth year and now I can left my right side up almost as will as the other side. (Morning, lunch and at night I still do qi gong.) "Believe...and work. The rest will come."
11-20-2016, 11:59 AM
Also a nurse, and echoing Janet. Get checked out, this isn't normal.
I love standing meditation and Qi Gong like Ed has recommended - if your joints are that unstable that they shift midstride, then probably you'll get started with isolation strength building and stationary stability, then back to movement.
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