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I have very inflexible ankles and it's really stopping me getting better at swimming/ ruining my enjoyment.
I can swim up and down doing crawl, nothing fast . However, when attempting to use a float I've discovered I have an almost non-existent crawl kick! What propulsion I am getting seems to come entirely from my arms/shoulders/core. Using a float, I'm going so slowly, I'm barely going anywhere- sideways more often. It's that bad. My breaststroke kick is proportionally far better.
If a top swimmer can lie with their legs out in front and their feet point flat over the ground creating a _ shape from leg though ankle to foot, my feet do this /
Taking away the support of the ground, and my feet are almost vertical- !
I've found kneeling with my toes pointing backwards, rather than resting on them, has always been agony- even as a young child. The only time it's not hurt was after I'd done months of pilates and yoga when it's part of the poses- but that's still using bodyweight to force my ankles to bend.
Don't know if it matters but I'm pretty flat footed.
Can anyone suggest any exercises I can do at home to improve that flexibility?