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Old 02-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
Mick Byrne
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Have I got tight calves?

Have I really got tight calves?

I get pain in my pernoneal tendons on my left leg and a podiatrist has told me I have tight calves. How can I assess this?

I try to stretch Gastroc and Soleus and find it hard to feel any stretch on my soleus. It feels to me like I have a good range and this makes it hard to stretch. How can I assess my soleus flexibility?

Just to complete the story, the podiatrist says I have a leg length discrepancy (what a surprise! never heard a podiatrist say that before!) and need orthotics.

I think they will be useless and am learning Pose.

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Old 02-20-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

you stretch the soleus with the knee bent, you stretch the gastroc with the knee straight.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

True leg length discrepancy is rare, misaligned hips are common. Get a second opinion.

The soleus is a bent-knee stretch, the gastoc is a straight knee stretch. Evaluation is the same as the stretch.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:10 AM   #4
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

Yes I know how to stretch them, I do it every day.

What I want to do its assess the flexibility to see if I agree that they are tight.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:13 AM   #5
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

Take the angle that your foot makes with the floor and your shin.

If it's greater than 90 degrees you have severe mobility issues.

You should be able to get somewhere inthe range of 60-70 degrees normally.


Stretching and soft tissue work available in part 4 here wfs
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/1...-dysfunctions/

(also provided links to starrett's calves article and another one as well that are good)

You should roll your plantar fascia, stretch your calves, and loosen your hammies as well. All of the posterior chain is likely tight if your calves are extremely tight.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

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Take the angle that your foot makes with the floor and your shin.

If it's greater than 90 degrees you have severe mobility issues.

You should be able to get somewhere inthe range of 60-70 degrees normally.
Cheers Steve, I always thought 90 degrees was ok.

I just had a great idea! Why don't you take a look:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47701754@N03/?saved=1

Cheers,

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Old 02-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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Cheers Steve, I always thought 90 degrees was ok.

I just had a great idea! Why don't you take a look:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47701754@N03/?saved=1

Cheers,

Mick
You could definitely use another 10 or so degrees with the soleus (bent leg).

Gastroc needs another 15-25.

It's not the worst but not the best. I wouldn't say those are extremely tight calves but they are tight.

Check out your hamstrings and plantar fascia as well.


Also, for leg length discrepancy I would get yourself to a chiro to see if you have a slipped SI joint.
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Old 02-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #8
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Re: Have I got tight calves?

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You could definitely use another 10 or so degrees with the soleus (bent leg).

Gastroc needs another 15-25.

It's not the worst but not the best. I wouldn't say those are extremely tight calves but they are tight.

Check out your hamstrings and plantar fascia as well.


Also, for leg length discrepancy I would get yourself to a chiro to see if you have a slipped SI joint.
Thats good to know, I have concentrated a lot on Soleus and think I need to work on them both now.

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