How to Stop a Clicking Ankle (Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction)
If you have a clicking ankle, it’s important to figure out what’s behind it. That way, not only will any treatment options become more effective, but there’s a greater chance you’ll find a long-term solution.
There can be a number of reasons behind why an ankle clicks, but for the purposes of this video, I’ll keep things focused on one of the most common – peroneal tendon dysfunction.
You may not be experiencing any pain in the area, but general dysfunction can change the way the ankle functions, leading to a clicking ankle.
Interestingly, it’s also easy to feel like an ankle that clicks is a sign of deeper joint dysfunction like arthritis. But thankfully, improving the function of dysfunctional tissue in the area can often silence those unwanted sound effects.
In this video, I do a deep dive on some of the relatively hidden issues associated with peroneal tendon dysfunction. I also offer up some exercises that I find work exceptionally well clinically to help combat some of these more covert issues.
Ultimately, it’s best to consult your Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist for the most specific advice possible, but give these things a try and let me know how you go!
- 0:00 – Intro
- 1:43 – What are the peroneal muscles
- 2:12 – Using active release techniques for peroneal tightness
- 4:27 – Using PNF techniques for clicking ankles
- 5:05 – Using a shearing technique for peroneal tightness
- 7:13 – How to do the banded ankle stretch for ankle stiffness
- 10:08 – How the lower back may contribute to ankle clicking
- 12:01 – How to mobilize the low back with a lacrosse ball
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- Lacrosse Ball: To mobilize those stiff upper back joints.
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