Running Series, Part 2: Calf Flexibility

Running Series, Part 2: Calf Flexibility

The Baudry Therapy Center/ BRIO Running Series continues this week focusing on the feet. Last week, we began working on strengthening the feet with some specific toe exercises. You may even be able to see some space developing between your toes when you attempt to separate them. This week, we are going to tackle another very important component – calf flexibility! Calf flexibility will help build efficient running, strong feet and strong calves. Listed below are two exercises to add to your routine.

The Challenge: Running Requires Calf Strength

Toe raises

1. Stand with the balls of your feet on the edge of a sturdy step. Let your heels come below the level of the step until you feel a slight stretch, then lift your heels up until you are on your tiptoes. Start with repetitions of 10-15 for 1-2 sets. The goal is to get strong enough to perform 2 sets of 30 repetitions.

 2. After performing your heel raises stretch out the calves by keeping one knee straight, and bending the other knee allowing the heel of the straight leg to go below the level of the step. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds, repeat 2-3 times each side.

eccentric calf 3. Look for our next running blog next Sunday to learn dynamic stretching techniques for the foot and ankle.

If you missed last week’s article, Running Series, Part 1: The Runner’s Foot, please take a minute to read.

How Physical Therapy Helped Me

How Physical Therapy Helped Me – National Physical Therapy Month

As part of our celebration of National Physical Therapy Month, we are highlighting our clients and their stories of how physical therapy helped them overcome their pain.  Here’s a wonderful account from our client Mignon Kohnke.

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Mignon Kohnke

I was diagnosed with a foot condition that required extensive and frequent exercise to correct it.  While my doctor was able to diagnose this, he was not able to provide any guidance as to the type of exercises I should perform to fix the problem.    Therefore, I turned to Baudry Therapy Center.

Upon arriving for my initial evaluation, I found the entire staff to be professional, courteous and timely.  My physical therapist, Kevin Dessauer, was very knowledgeable and helped  me to learn more about my condition and, specifically, what would be needed to correct it.  He explained everything to me in layman’s terms making it easy for me to understand the correct way to perform each exercise and why each was necessary.

Rich Baudry also participated throughout my therapy sessions  and worked with Kevin to determine my treatment program during each visit as well as my “homework” exercises.  My foot responded quickly to the regiment directed by Kevin and Rich and I was and am thrilled with my progress.

Thanks for the help, Baudry Therapy Center!