Optimizing Ankle Mobility for Walking and Running Webinar Recording

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Optimizing Ankle Mobility for Walking and Running
Differentiating between Soft Tissue and Osseous Restrictions

Joint mobility, particularly in the foot and ankle, is necessary for proper loading and unloading of impact forces during ambulation. Any restriction in joint mobility can lead to compensation patterns, transfer stress and increased risk of injury. Join Functional Podiatrist Dr Emily Splichal as she explores some of the most common, but not so obvious, reasons for limited ankle dorsiflexion. Learn how to differentiate between soft tissue and osseous restrictions, as well as how to address the various restrictions in an in-office setting.  

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the osseous and soft tissue anatomy of the talocrural joint
  • To describe the most common compensation patterns for limited ankle dorsiflexion when walking
  • To explain how to differntiate between soft tissue and osseous causes restrictions and to address each appropriately
  • To demonstrate how a structurally short Achilles tendon presents as compared to a tight gastroc or soleus
  • To explain how to re-centrate an anteriorly shifted talus to improve ankle dorsflexion


About the Presenter:

Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications for health and wellness professionals. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training. Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens.


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Emily Splichal, DPM, MS

Author Emily Splichal, DPM, MS

Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications for health and wellness professionals. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training. Dr Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine, biomechanics and forefoot surgery. Dr Splichal takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens.

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