16th October 2019

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How do you stretch the gastrocnemius?

Keep your right leg forward, foot flat on the floor, and extend your left leg straight back, placing your heel flat on the floor. Don't bend your back knee. Lean into the wall until you feel the stretch in the calf of the straight leg. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.

Keeping this in view, how do you stretch your soleus muscle?

Push both feet flat to the floor, then drive your back knee toward the ground. You should begin to feel your soleus muscle stretching the more you push your knee toward the floor. Hold this stretch for 10 to 15 seconds, then relax and switch the position of your feet to stretch out your other leg.

Why are my calf muscles so tight?

Tight calf muscles may be caused by a compartment syndrome. This is where the muscle becomes too big for the sheath surrounding the muscle causing pressure, sometimes pain, and restricted movement. Biomechanical problems of the foot or from running style can increase the strain on the calf muscles.

What are good calf stretches?

Stretch Number 2: The Seated Calf Stretch
  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you.
  • Lean forward and grab the arches of your feet.
  • Pull your toes toward your body until a stretch is felt in your calf muscles.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat with the other leg.
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