29 Jan '18, 10pm

Calf Muscle Strains (And What To Do About Them)

Calf Muscle Strains (And What To Do About Them)

While we often praise the powerhouse glutes and first-responder feet for their contributions to gait, it’s the calves that ultimately pull your heels up from the ground to allow forward movement. Injuring one or more of these hardworking lower-leg muscles can stop you dead in your tracks. Two major muscles comprise the calves. The gastrocnemius, which is the more superficial of these two, starts behind the knee as lateral and medial heads and attaches at the heel. The soleus lies deep beneath the gastrocnemius and runs from just below the knee down to the heel. Both of these muscles work to plantar flex the foot during running; the gastrocnemius also assists with flexion of the knee. Related: This Is Your Body When You Don’t Stretch Runners typically experience calf pain in the form of strains, which can range from mild stretching or complete tearing of a muscle, or cramps...

Full article: http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2018/01/health-wellne...

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