Tackling outer ankle pain and wide-stance squats

rolling the petroneus for ankle painMany people who build wide-stance squatting into their training routines experience pain in the outside of their ankles. Sometimes this can simply be due to a need to get used to the high amount of external rotation we recommend when performing these squats. This just requires time and a bit of smart calf stretching. However, for others this outer ankle pain can be due to tightness in the peroneus muscles. Continue reading

How X Factor choreography puts Lady Gaga’s knees at risk

lady gaga knee problemViewers of the UK’s Sunday night X-Factor live results show on 27th October 2013 were treated to an energetic performance by Lady Gaga of her tracks Venus and Do What U Want from her new album ARTPOP. However, we at KneeStrength were more concerned with a piece of poorly designed dance choreography which repeatedly put the star’s knees into a poor position.

The picture to the left shows the singer’s right foot pointed outwards, the arch of the foot collapsed down to the floor, the knee and shin turned inwards, pointing well inside the line of the foot, and the corresponding internally rotated thigh. The choreography had Gaga’s knee moving in and out of this position about half a dozen times. Continue reading