Single Heel Drop Calf Stretch
Here is a great stretch for the Gastrocnemius muscle;
- Stand on a raised object or step
- Place the toes of one foot on the edge of the step
- Keep your leg straight
- Let your heel drop towards the ground
Primary muscles: Gastrocnemius.
Secondary muscles: Tibialis posterior. Flexor hallucis longus. Flexor digitorum longus. Peroneus longus and brevis. Plantaris.
Injury where stretch may be useful: Calf strain. Achilles tendon strain. Achilles tendonitis. Medial tibial pain syndrome (shin splints).
Note: Make sure your toes are facing forward during this stretch. Pointing your toes in a different direction will place an uneven tension on the calf muscles and can lead to a muscle imbalance.
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