What stretches are good for tight calves?
First off, it’s a good idea to book in a sports massage or get advice from a professional such as a physio about the problems you are experiencing.
As well as seeking some advice, here are a couple of stretches you might want to try. If you want to stretch your lower calf, stand on a low step or kerb with your right heel hanging off the edge of the support. Bend at the knees and hips and, keeping most of your weight on the left leg, gently press the right heel down, simultaneously pulling the toes up.
If you want to stretch your upper calf, standing in front of a wall or bar, take a lunge forward with the left leg, keeping the right leg straight, with the heel on the floor. Feet should both be pointing directly forward. Use the wall for support and keep your pelvis in line with your back (i.e. your rear end shouldn’t be sticking out).
Make sure you’ve warmed up before performing the stretches and abandon the stretch if you feel discomfort at any time.
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