Calf raise with toe flexion | Sports Chiropractor & Physiotherapist Melbourne

The strong get stronger…💪💪

🐮We’ve previously discussed how the long flexors of the leg (Flexor hallucis longus, Flexor digitorum longus, Tibialis posterior, Peroneus longus & Peroneus brevis) together contribute a sizable 20-30% of force absorption during ground contact in running. How can we remove the contribution of these smaller muscles & isolate the larger muscles of the calf, the soleus & gastrocs?⁣

⁣🎯Stand on the edge of a step, curl your toes over the edge, then perform a calf raise. The flexion of the toes places the long toe flexors at a mechanical disadvantage, thereby placing greater work on the soleus & gastrocs. This exercise is also great for balance and highlights the role the toes play in keeping us steady!

🙋🏼‍♂️How can this be implemented?
🔍Firstly this can be used as a simple test to see how much reliance you have on your smaller calf muscles. Difficulty performing this test can suggest a need for greater strengthening of the gastrocs & soleus
🤕Secondly, it can serve as a good exercise to through into the mix for some variability when rehabilitating a calf strain or Achilles tendinopathy.

🙏Thanks to PT Scott Epsley for the inspiration for this one!

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▪️Hamner, S. R., et al. (2010). “Muscle contributions to propulsion and support during running.” J Biomech 43(14): 2709-2716.⁣
▪️Anderson, F.C., Pandy, M.G., 2003. Individual muscle contributions to support in normal walking. Gait Posture 17 (2), 159–169⁣

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