Calf Pull Stretching Program - Stretching Exercises for Calf Pull
By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com Guide
Updated September 24, 2009
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Calf pain can be caused by many reasons including tight, weak muscles of the lower leg
(gastrocnemius or soleus), or a calf muscle injury such as a calf strain or pull
. This stretching program can help reduce calf pain and prevent future calf injury.
How to Do the Standing Calf Stretch
- Stand about an arm's-length from the wall.
- Lean forward and place both hands on the wall about shoulder width apart.
- Extend one foot (the side to be stretched) behind you with heel on the ground and one foot closer to the wall.
- Lean into wall with your hips until you feel a stretch in the calf of the extended leg.
- Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds and change sides.
- For a deeper stretch, move your foot farther back.
- This stretch is similar to the Achilles tendon heel stretch, however by keeping your knee straight you focus the stretch on the calf rather than the Achilles.