Exercise Extra- Calf Stretch

February 21, 2018

Calf stretching can benefit walking and bending and assist in preventing calf tears, Achilles problems and plantar fasciitis (commonly known as heel pain or heel spurs).

Did you know that poor calf length can also effect you balance?

Did you know that there are two main calf muscles? The calf muscles attach below (Soleus) and above (Gastrocnemius) the knee and together form a common tendon onto the heel, known as the Achilles tendon.

Are your calves tight or do you commonly injure these muscles? Why? Apart from a traumatic incident, there is usually a biomechanical cause for the overactivity or tightness of your calves. See your physiotherapist for a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your tightness or pain and to receive a treatment plan to correct this.

Feel free to try this stretch. You should feel the stretch in the rear calf. STOP IMMEDIATELY and do not continue if you experience ANY pain!