Healthy feet and ankles aren't just for athletes... Everybody needs to pay attention to foot fitness to stay healthy, active, and pain-free, and having a good hinge from the ankle is what helps us balance better, and push off the ground to propel the body forward when we move.
Yes, calf stretching plays a part in effective ankle hinging, but if you think about it, getting a good stretch is a side benefit of finding a good free hinge action from the ankle joint.
Here is ONE Simple Secret to Improve Your Ankle Mobility for a Better Hinge:
Lead from the HEEL when you flex your ankle.
Are you aware of what you're doing when you flex your feet?
When you pull the toes back first to flex the foot (whether you're stretching, walking, or running) it actually restricts your movement from the ankle. And, if you walk and run a lot (1/2 marathon or full marathon distances) and have trouble keeping your toenails on, leading from your toes to flex the foot when you heel strike may be a contributing factor for your pretty, purple and falling off toenails!