Strengthening Your Calf and Achilles Tendon

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Achilles Tendon Pain: The calf consists of two muscles, the gastrocnemius, and soleus, that attach to our heel bones through the Achilles’ tendon. These muscles work to point our feet and help propel us up and forward during walking, running, and jumping. These muscles commonly become tight and can contribute to stiff ankles and can lead to pain in the Achilles’ tendon, especially in people who run or play sports that require a lot of bouncing and jumping like tennis.

Strengthening these muscles through their full range of motion can help to improve their flexibility and their ability to absorb/create forces for those activities listed above! Here are some exercises you can perform at home to get those calves strong, resilient, and help reduce the risk of injury.

Try these two exercises to help strengthen your calf and Achilles tendon!

-Wilson Ray, PT/s, CSCS