Why you NEED to start doing calf stretches

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.

For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

A simple calf stretch like this one can help you stay away from foot surgeryI see so many patients in my Houston podiatry practice whose foot and ankle pain has progressed to a point where they need surgical relief. Once certain conditions reach advanced stages, surgery really is the only treatment option.

That’s why I wish more of my patients knew that one simple move could stop so many foot problems before they event started…and that move is daily calf stretches!

According to Cincinnati orthopedic surgeon James Amis, “95 percent of plantar fasciitis cases can be resolved at the source of the problem. And the source of the problem is that calves have contracted over the years… stretching the calves alleviates the problems.”

As Amis notes, many of his colleagues disagree that calf stretching can resolve a medical problem that has already manifested, but what’s clear is that it can certainly help such problems from getting started in the first place!

In order to reap the most benefits from calf stretching, Amis recommends patients stretch their calves fully for three minutes per day, three times in succession for a total of nine minutes per day—every day– for the rest of their lives.  

This may seem like a tall order—after all, even the most dedicated stretchers typically break off a hold at the 30-60 second mark, dedicating nine minutes a day hardly seems like a heavy price to pay for the reward of fewer foot problems.

I say, give it a shot! If all you have to lose is foot and ankle pain, you’ll come out of the equation a winner, no matter how you look at things.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Connect with me
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.