The soleus is a little known muscle in the leg that can cause calf pain, especially in runners.
In this video Dr. Altaf Virani explains how to specifically stretch the gastrocnemius & soleus muscles.
Keep your right leg forward, foot flat on the floor, and extend your left leg straight back, placing your heel flat on the floor. Lean into the wall until you feel the stretch in the calf of the straight leg. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
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The calf muscles are very important muscles. When they are sore or painful, they can cause many problems. Calf’s can be strained, sprained, pulled or even completely torn. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching of the calf muscles as demonstrated in jumping activities or during quick changes of direction.
Treatment includes: Rest, Ice and Compression during the acute stage, followed by a full rehabilitation program consisting of stretching and strengthening exercises.
DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Dr. Altaf Virani is a licensed Chiropractor and Certified K-Tape Therapist; however, if he is not YOUR Chiropractor, he can’t possibly diagnose you through the internet. So please don’t use this information to avoid going to visit your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won’t help, and it could make things worse. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional. Thank you!