I have had several clients who have complained of a tightness and pain on the anterior part of the ankle when performing a bent leg soleus stretch as well as during closed chain dorsi-flexion. Could you tell me why some feel this and not others? Also, is there any way to get the stretch without the pain?
Usually when someone gets a pinching or tightness pain on the anterior part of the ankle it is due to improper joint mechanics. The talus bone sits in between the tibia (shin) and the calcaneus (heel) bones. It is supposed to move forward when we plantar flex and backward when we dorsiflex. If it does not move backward during dorsiflexion, then it is in essence being smashed between the tibia and the calcaneus. This causes the pain. This person should be referred to a licensed medical professional (DO, DC or PT) for possibly a joint manipulation to re-establish proper joint mechanics. All the stretching in the world won't help. Good luck.