Foot & Ankle Stretches

Stretching exercises for the foot and ankle including the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) and shin stretches, peroneal muscle and plantar fascia.

Stretching the shins is usually overlooked until an injury such as shin splints occurs. This is a great treatment and prevention stretch.

This stretch should only be attempted by those who can feel no stretch in the shin stretch and standing shin stretch.

Stretching the shins is usually overlooked until an injury such as shin splints occurs. This is a great treatment and prevention stretch.

This stretch is really effective but you must be careful and make sure you have something to hold on to!

This stretch targets the Soleus muscle which is deeper, underneath the larger Gastrocnemius. Bending the knee relaxes gastrocnemius, allowing Soleus to be stretched in isolation.

This stretch targets the Soleus muscle which is deeper, underneath the larger Gastrocnemius. Bending the knee relaxes gastrocnemius, allowing Soleus to be stretched in isolation.

Here we outline how to assess calf muscle flexibility as well as various calf muscle stretching exercises which are used to increase calf muscle flexibility and recover from calf muscle and achilles tendon injuries.

Stretching the calf muscles can help to prevent a whole range of lower limb injuries.

The peroneal muscles run down the outside of the lower leg and are difficult to stretch and so often neglected in a stretching routine.

Stretching the fascia which runs under the arch of the foot can be a useful part of treatment for plantar fasciitis.