Heel Arch Pain? Calf Stretching for Plantar Faciitis

With Physio Performance now able to provide Shockwave Therapy, a revolutionary pain relief treatment, we are running a series of posts to highlight it’s benefits to certain conditions.

This is our 2nd post to help people suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. Shockwave Therapy is particularly effective in treating this persistent heel problem, but it must be combined with other treatment modalities to have the ultimate desired effect.

One such exercise is “CALF STRETCHING”. There is numerous ways to stretch the calf but I find these two ways the most effective & practical.

Wall Calf Stretch:

Place both hands on wall with arms extended. Lean against wall with one leg bent forward and other leg extended back with knee straight and foot positioned directly forward.

Push rear heal to floor and move hips slightly forward.

Hold stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.

Step Calf Stretch:

Stand on a step/bottom of stairs as shown in video. Be sure to hold on to wall or banister for some light support.

Slowly let your heel drop down over the edge of the step as you relax your calf muscles. You should feel a gentle stretch across the bottom of your foot and up the back of your leg to your knee.

Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.

Remember there is no other clinic in County Louth providing this modern treatment.

Please contact the clinic on 086-1958233 or email info@physioperformance.ie

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