A Proper Calf Stretch

To stretch your calf without stretching your foot inappropriately:

  1. Place your foot a comfortable step back from the wall. Not too far.calf-stretch-stride-set-up
  2. Point your second toe forward–straight ahead toward the wall. calf-stretch-posterior-view
  3. Gently lift your arch off the floor. This puts your ankle in neutral so you don’t stretch your foot instead of your calf.calf-stretch-foot-with-arch
  4. Keeping your heel on the floor, gently lean forward so you maintain a straight line from your heel through your hip, shoulders and ear.calf-stretch-full-body

*Remember these KEY POINTS: You don’t need to be too aggressive with the stretch because after 30 seconds you will feel a stretch. Try to stretch each side for at least 30 seconds. Two times.

About Back to Life

Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS, owner of Back to Life Physical Therapy is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) who has taught Graduate, and Post-graduate physical therapy courses on treatment of lumbar, hip and pelvic pain. Her treatment focus is on chronic back, neck, shoulder, hip, sacroiliac and pelvic pain and incontinence. Jessica Manley joined Back to Life in 2014 with a passion for treatment of pelvic health issues including chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, pain with sex, post partum/perinatal pain, trans-related post-operative pain, and associated hip and/or low back pain.

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