CONCENTRIC CALF RAISE SINGLE
TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH THROUGH THE CALF MUSCLES
to DECREASE THE LOAD ON THE SMALLER ANKLE & FOOT JOINT MUSCLES
TO DECREASE THE LOAD ON THE PLANTAR FASCIA
Golden rule: Stop your heel from dropping below the plane of the step to prevent tendonitis in the gastrocsoleus tendon. Do not progress onto this (single calf raise) until instructed by your podiatrist.
You should feel it: In your calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) muscles as well as tibialis anterior which runs along the front of your leg next to your shin
Tips and tricks: Focus on maintaining a slow controlled tempo to target your calf. Avoid the temptation to rush or your achilles tendon will do all the work. This exercise can also be performed on the ground as well.
SETUP: Stand with one foot on the edge of a step, with the ball of your foot and toes the only part of your foot on the step. Bend your knee & hold the non-working leg up behind you. Steady yourself using your hands on a surface like a wall or handrail.
Lift your heel by pressing up through your toes contracting your calf muscles
Slowly lower your heel to the neutral starting position