Running Stretches: Medi-Dyne ProStretch Calf Stretch

The Medi-Dyne ProStrech Series: Effective Calf Stretchers for Runners

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Do you struggle with tight calf muscles, Achilles pain, or Plantar Fasciitis?

If so, calf stretches are some of the best exercises for loosening calf muscles. They are a critical component of an overall flexibility program for runners.

When combined with the seated ca​​​​lf stretch with a to​​​​wel, you can really improve the flexibility of your calf muscles and reduce calf tightness. However, there are several Medi-Dyne ProStretch tools and their alternatives that are much more helpful in reducing heel pain.

In this article, I’ll cover my personal arsenal of running tools, how to use calf stretchers, and what are the benefits of using these tools. I’ll also share with you tips and exercises to treat and prevent heel pain.

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The Top 3 Recommended Calf Stretchers

  • Medi-Dyne ProStretch Original Stretcher & Foot Rocker

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  • Medi-Dyne ProStretch Double Stretcher & Foot Rocker

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  • Medi-Dyne ProStretch Plus Stretcher & Foot Rocker

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Benefits of the ProStretch Calf Stretcher

  • The ProStretch calf stretcher is a must-have tool for runners of all levels, hikers, weekend warriors,  and professional athletes.
  • It helps reduce pain caused by walking all day, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, Sever’s disease, shin splints, tight calves and hamstrings, injuries.
  • This calf stretcher helps prevent injuries by increasing flexibility.

Learn more about Medi-Dyne ProStretch here: Prostretch.com

What is the Difference Between Medi-Dyne ProStretch Original, Double and Plus?

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  • The Medi-Dyne ProStretch Original is a comfortable and sturdy tool that holds the foot in the optimal position and helps properly stretch your feet and loosen muscles.
  • The Medi-Dyne ProStretch Double has strong rubber strips that eliminate slipping support a safe stretching.
  • The Medi-Dyne ProStretch Plus adds the ability to adjust the degree and level of the stretch. It also comes with a removable toe lift that delivers maximum toe and plantar fascia stretch. 

Other Recommended Calf Stretchers

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The Professional wooden slant board by StrongTek is another tool I highly recommend for those who struggle with plantar fasciitis, Achilles pain, shin splints, calf strains, and other injuries.

I recently added a slant board to my home workout equipment list as we used it during my physical therapy and my physical therapist recommended it as something every runner should own. Since getting mine, I agree.

It is a great option if you want a higher degree of stabilization, more options on the stretch angle, or you want to stretch both calf muscles at the same time. The slant board allows me to get a feeling of a deeper stretch and since it does not rock, it is a bit easier on my knees.

However, I use both the StrongTek slant board and Medi-Dyne ProStretch calf stretcher. Using these tools helps me with stretching the Plantar Fasciitis AND the calf.

How to Exercise with the Medi-Dyne ProStretch?

Medi-Dyne Pro Stretch Calf Stretches For Runners
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    Tip: Not shown, but I put my non-stretching foot on a small wooden box or step (to keep both feet level when starting the stretch) and then place the calf to be stretched in the ProStretch. Be sure to have something to hold on to in order to steady yourself.
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    Placing all your weight on the side to be stretched, lift your toes while rolling back so your toes go up, and apply the stretch to your calf muscle.
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     Hold for approximately 15-30 seconds and then relax. Be careful to not overstretch. You want to apply tension, not pain when stretching.
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    Repeat for several repetitions of each calf muscle and as often as needed to increase flexibility. I recommend 2-3 times per day. (I actually keep it next to my desk at work as a constant reminder to use it.)

The following videos demonstrate some of the exercises you can do using the ProStretch:

If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles pain, or various forms of tendonitis, then calf stretching with Medi-Dyne ProStretch can be a great way to help alleviate the pain and start your rehab process. Often you will need to combine stretching, strength training and integrate that with smart training principles and workouts in order to fully eliminate these types of overuse injuries.

If you want to combine stretching with runner-specific strength training AND have it integrated with your training plan, consider checking out my PaceBuilders training program. I work with a lot of athletes who have problem areas like tight calves and/or running injuries.

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Steve is the founder and head running coach of RunBuzz.com. Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.