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.
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.
Repeat this stretch a couple of times per day, or as needed to maintain loose calf muscles. For proper balance, apply stretches to both legs.
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