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    Calf Stretch

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    This exercise stretches the muscles at the back of the lower leg (the calf) and the Achilles tendon. Do this exercise 3 or 4 times a day, 5 days a week. To do this stretch:

    • Stand facing a wall with your hands on the wall at about eye level. Put the leg you want to stretch about a step behind your other leg.
    • Keeping your back heel on the floor, bend your front knee until you feel a stretch in the back leg.
    • Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

    Repeat the exercise with the back knee bent a little, still keeping your back heel on the floor. This will stretch a different part of the calf muscles.

    Talk with your doctor or physical therapist if you have questions about how to do this or any other exercise.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerGavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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