Understanding tight calf muscles
Tight calf muscles are a common issue for many people, especially those who are active and enjoy walking, running, or exercising. However, consistent tightness in your calf muscles could be a sign of a larger problem, specifically a breakdown in the movement pattern of your body, particularly in the lower body.
If you have been experiencing persistent calf muscle tightness that does not respond to stretching, massage, dry needling, and rest, it may indicate that there is a breakdown in your movement pattern. This breakdown causes your calf muscles to overwork to compensate for a lack of activity in the gluteal and hamstring muscles.
The Culprits Behind Tight Calf Muscles
So, what causes this breakdown in the movement pattern that leads to the overuse of the calf muscles? The most common reason is related to the feet not working properly. When your feet over-pronate or supinate, it can cause the breakdown in the movement pattern.
The Role of Foot Function in Tight Calf Muscles
The calf muscles are attached to the foot through the heel, and they are responsible for propelling the body forward when we walk, run, or exercise. However, when there is a breakdown in the foot structure, the calf muscles have to work much harder than they should, resulting in constant tightness.
Despite your best efforts to stretch and massage your calf muscles, they will always get tight again because they are working so hard to compensate for poor foot function.
How Podiatrists Can Help with Tight Calf Muscles
If you are continually battling tight calf muscles, it may be time to book an appointment with a podiatrist to assess your feet and see if they are causing mischief for your calf muscles. Podiatrists Craig and Matthew from Instep Podiatry can recommend exercises, orthotics, or other treatments to help correct your foot structure and alleviate your tight calf muscles.
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Troubled by tight calf muscles? You can book online with Craig and Matthew from Instep Podiatry, available Monday to Friday at the Health Hub.
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