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waking up with tight calf muscles?

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Dr. Stephen Arbes
Podiatry 44 years experience
Time to stretch: Tight heel cords (achilles) will frequently be the reason for morning tightness or stiffness. The calf muscle works harder when we have a short achilles. This will often be more noticeable after exercise or after rest or when rising in the morning. Stretching will help. In the meantime try putting a 1/4 inch heel lift in your shoes. Google "achilles stretching" for some exercises.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Stretch : Stretch or find a physical therapist that can help you with a stretching routine. The most common stretch is called the "runner's" stretch or "wall stretch". If pain is chronic, you may have other pathology rather than just tight/short ligaments and tendons.
Dr. James Amis
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Calf stretching: Sorry to be self promoting, but all you have to do is stretch your calves. Please go to my website and follow the protocol there an a step, against a wall, or on the one stretch. I don't really care what method you use as long as you do it everyday. You will be preventing future problems as well. Stretch your calves. Save your feet. http://onestretch.com.

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