Why you NEED to start doing calf stretches

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
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.