1,146 days after the accident, I tried deadlifting with and without shoes for the first time… And not only did it hurt, but my inconsistent form (which occurs more often now as I push my ankle) shows just how far I still have to go.
I’ve recently been practising and struggling through 3-4 sets of 8-10 single leg deadlifts barefoot, in an attempt to improve my balance, ankle mobility and glute strength. Whilst my left leg is happy to perform the movement, my ability to perform the movement on my right is shocking. My balance and form simply goes right out the window.
After attending a Kettlebell Swing Workshop by @ on the 29th Sept (1 day after my 3 years accident anniversary) and doing the workshop barefoot, I quickly came to realise how much I’m still struggling with the pain and limitations of my ankle.
My foot doesn’t support itself without my orthotics and shoes, and actively moving my feet and ankle into the correct placement for exercises causes a lot of pain and stress on the joint.
After 3 years, and multiple rehabilitations, I know this is something I have to focus on if I ever stand a chance of improving my balance, mobility and strength. Because without a strong ankle, the rest of my body will continue to suffer.