Calf Stretches

PRECAUTION: If you have had recent joint surgery, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall, tree or counter) while doing this exercise.

  • Lean against a wall, tree or chair for support.
  • Place your right foot back and keep your toes facing forward.
  • Slightly bend the knee of your left leg, never letting your knee go beyond your toes.
  • Keep your head up and spine straight.
  • Press the heel of your right foot into the ground.
  • To get more of a stretch, bring your right leg further back.
  • Hold and then repeat with your left leg.


  • Stretch just until you feel a gentle pulling in your muscle, and then hold the stretch in that position. The stretch shouldn’t be painful.
  • Stretch gently and smoothly, and do not bounce.
  • Breathe naturally as you hold the stretches. Don’t hold your breath.