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Professional Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Calf Stretches

(A) Straight Knee
Keep your head up and your back straight. Keep your back leg straight. Lower yourself by bending the front leg. Push the heel of your back foot to the floor. Have your back leg far enough back to feel a pain free stretch in that calf.

(B) Bent Knee
Bend your back knee slightly. Lower yourself enough to feel a pain free stretch in the calf of the back leg.

NOTE:Both of these stretches can also be performed with the hips moved to the inside of the leg being stretched, and with the hips moved to the outside of the leg being stretched.

Dynamic Calf Stretches: Part 1

(A) Lean against a wall (a couch or table can also be used) with your feet behind you and your left heel touching the ground.

(B) First reach slightly forward and far to the right with your right foot.

(C) Then take your foot across your body to the left side.

(D) Return to the starting position. Do the same with the left foot.

Dynamic Calf Stretches: Part 2

(A) Begin in the same position as in Part 1.

(B) Thrust your right knee up as high as you can.


(C) Return to the starting position.

Dynamic Calf Stretches: Part 3

(A) Bend one leg to 90 degrees in front of you.

(B) Swing it across your body to the right, keeping your knee high as you do so.


(C) Swing it back to the left side. Keep your knee high.

(D) Return to starting position.

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