Seated calf stretches with a towel are great for loosening calf muscles, as part of a overall flexibility program for runners.
When I suffered from plantar fasciitis, seated calf stretches were a critical part of my rehabilitation routine. To this day, I continue to do them to prevent running injuries. If you struggle from calf tightness, I also highly recommend the ProCalf Stretch by Medi-Dyne as it is my favorite calf stretching device. You can read more about it here on Amazon.
Prior to performing any stretch, it is best to do a light warm-up to “warm” the muscles before stretching them. This can include a few minutes on an exercise bike or treadmill, brisk walking, doing some lunges, etc. but never stretch a “cold” muscle.
2) Place a towel around the upper part of your foot as shown. The towel should be long enough to allow you to keep your knees straight and not put pressure on your back.
3) Turn your foot slightly towards the inside (not shown) and gently pull back and hold for 10 seconds.
4) Relax and repeat the stretch 10 times, holding for 10 seconds.
Repeat this stretch a couple times per day, or as needed to maintain loose calf muscles. For proper balance, apply stretches to both legs.
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