Running Stretches: Medi-Dyne ProStretch Calf Stretch

medi-dyne calf stretch

Running Stretches: Medi-Dyne ProStretch Calf Stretch

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 calf stretch with a towel, you can really improve the flexibility of your calf muscles and reduce calf tightness. The ProStretch as show here on Amazon is in my personal arsenal of running tools, and after a severe bout with plantar fasciitis a while back, it’s right up there with my Garmin in terms of usefulness.

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 stretch angle, or you want to stretch both calf muscles at the same time.

I use both as the ProStretch helps with stretching the Plantar Fasciitis AND the calf, but 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.

Before we get into the stretch itself, note that there are two versions.  The Pro Stretch and the Pro Stretch Plus. The Pro Stretch 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. Both are extremely well made and I use them every day to prevent my plantar fasciitis from returning. You can hear more about that story here.

Medi-Dyne Pro Stretch Calf Stretches For Runners1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Hold for approximately 15-30 seconds and then relax. Be careful to not overstretch. You want to apply tension, not pain when stretching.

4. 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 video demonstrates 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 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.

Photos: Courtesy of medi-dyne.com, runnersdepot.com, and injuryfix.com

Medi-dyne prostretch calf stretch

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