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    My chiropractor came to me for a session this week.

    She has fallen several times in the last couple of months. The most recent fall came after stepping down wrong and twisting her ankle.

    Her right ankle was incredibly inflamed when I began to work on her. I began by using her calcaneus and duplicating the pattern the subtalar joint was in.

    As I held this position, I could see the inflammation beginning to dissipate in her ankle.


    But it was the release of peroneus (fibularis) tertius that significantly decreased the inflammation.

    Peroneus tertius originates from the distal 1/3 of the anterior surface of the fibula and inserts on the base of the 5th metatarsal, traveling across the anterior aspect of the lateral malleolus.

    The muscle’s lateral placement means it performs eversion (pronation) of the foot and its anterior placement means it performs dorsiflexion of the ankle.

    By moving her foot into these two actions and holding, the inflammation around the lateral malleolus and through the anterior aspect of the ankle decreased very quickly.

    After I released, she stretched her foot into plantar flexion and commented about how she could move again, and so quickly into the session.

    She wondered out loud about what we should do with the rest of the hour.

    I told her her ankle needed us to stay there a while longer.

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