The Joints

The Ankle and It's Movements


The illustration on this page is copied from the original French version 1995 book of the Bodie Method and concerns the ankle. Surrounding the principal figure are smaller ones included to illustrate the range of movements allowed in this joint. Shown are 1) Planterflexion. This is the pointing of your foot and toes as in Working Position #2. It is the object of all our attention as it concerns everything that goes on in the feet from Working Position #2 to Working Position #6 of the Basic Balance Movement Series and is the site of interesting pathologies such as flat feet. Planterflexion is brought about by the combined efforts of the following muscles: gastrocnemius, soleus, plantaris, peroneus longus, peroneus brevis, tibialis posterier, flexor digitorum longus and the hallucis longus. 2) Dorsiflexion. This is lifting your toes up in the air as in reverse calfs. This happens when the following muscles are called into action: tibialis anterior, extensor hallucis longus, extensor digitorum longus and the peroneus tertius muscle. 3) Inversion. The pivoting of the foot to the inside and 4) Eversion. The pivoting of the foot laterally to the outside are movements that take place at the tarsal joints not at the ankle. Circumflexion is the result of all of the above movements combined.

© Arthur Bodie 2010