Linked Article "ANKLE SPRAINS: What to Do, How to Recover, Prevention"

Unfortunately rolled ankles are pretty common in karate. This is especially true for people who spend a great deal of time walking on the sides of their feet in order to condition them for sokuto (foot edge) strikes. Stretching the outside of the ankles results in ankle instability and this can present a real danger for people working in groups that emphasize sweeps and throws in conjunction with strikes.

In the group I teach we no longer use sokuto for larger yoko-geri (side kicks), instead we use the sole of the foot (closer to the heel). Striking with sokuto with a strong yoko geri results in a great deal of compression on the outside of the foot that can result in Morton’s neuroma, ankle injuries, and knee damage.  We still use sokuto for the smaller kansetsu geri (knee kicks) as not as much force is required for it to be effective.

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2 responses to “Linked Article "ANKLE SPRAINS: What to Do, How to Recover, Prevention"

  1. Very informative. I wonder what the risk of avulsion fractures are for using the foot edge in kicking. I rolled my ankle last year by landing badly on a downward surface and avulsed the 5th metatarsal; basically the tendon pulled the head of the bone off as my body tried to correct for my foot’s over supination under weight. Perversely, the better shape one is in, the more likely it is that reflex corrective action can cause this sort of fracture. It would seem that attempting to land the body’s forward moving weight behind the foot’s outer edge could create the same conditions- especially on a solid target/person. Either way, I’m all for being well-heeled…

  2. Adam is not Mr. Karate

    I wonder if the foot edge was always used in the side kick-or is this more of a recent phenomenon (circa 1950s onward). I know Oyata style karate practitioners do their side kicks more like a back kick, and they are more shorinryu-ish in how they move.

    What is the reason for using sokuto barefooted (or with shoes)- if it is so deleterious to the ankle (with the exception of knee kicking)?

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