Achilles Stretch Videos
Watch the Achilles stretching videos below to improve your Achilles flexibility and relieve tight Achilles and calf muscles.
by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated August 31, 2017
Achilles stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the Achilles and calf muscles. Good Achilles flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the Achilles and calf.
Sports that benefit from the Achilles stretches below include: Basketball and Netball; Boxing; Cycling; Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Orienteering; Ice hockey and Field hockey; Ice Skating, Roller Skating and Inline Skating; Martial Arts; racket sports like Tennis, Badminton and Squash; Running, Track and Cross Country; running sports like Football, Soccer, Gridiron and Rugby; Snow Skiing and Water Skiing; Surfing; Swimming; Walking and Race Walking.
Achilles Muscles being Stretched
During the following Achilles stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the Achilles and calf that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following Achilles stretches.
- Tibialis Posterior
- Flexor Hallucis Longus
- Flexor Digitorum Longus
- Peroneus Longus and Brevis
Standing Heel-Back Achilles Stretch (1:19) Stand upright and take one big step backwards. Bend your back leg and push your heel towards the ground. Make sure the toes of your back leg are facing forward. Letting your toes point to one side will cause this stretch to put uneven tension on the calf muscles. Over an extended period of time, this could lead to a muscle imbalance. Regulate the intensity of this stretch by lowering your body. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.
Leaning Heel-Back Achilles Stretch (1:17) Stand upright while leaning against a wall and place one foot behind the other. Make sure that both toes are facing forward and your heel is on the ground. Bend your back leg and lean towards the wall. Make sure the toes of your back leg are facing forward. Letting your toes point to one side will cause this stretch to put uneven tension on the calf muscles. Over an extended period of time, this could lead to a muscle imbalance. Regulate the intensity of this stretch by lowering your body. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.
Kneeling Achilles Stretch (1:27) Kneel on one foot and place your body weight over your knee. Keep your heel on the ground and lean forward. This stretch can put a lot of pressure on the Achilles. Ease into this stretch by slowly leaning forward. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.
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