ArchSafe™ Plus calf stretching wedges are modeled after our ArchSafe™ variety of wedges. The wedges similarly lock the foot to stretch the calves while locking the midfoot and protecting the foot arch. The ArchSafe™ Plus wedges also have an built in arch support that further stabilizes the foot and more effectively transfers the stretching force to the calves. This is ideal for severely flatfooted people and those who want an even greater stretch. Arch Safe™ wedges were designed by an orthopaedic surgeon for stretching the calf muscles with adequate locking of the foot. The soft rubber used in the wedges is slip resistant ,comfortable, and durable. The tiny bumps on the surface stimulates nerve endings and sooth sore feet.
Calf muscle tightness is very common among the population, even in people who regularly stretch. Traditional stretching methods have been shown to be inadequate.
Flexible calf muscles decrease the risk of acute muscle strains and foot injuries. They also prevent chronic foot ailments like plantar fascitis, painful flatfeet, knee, ankle, and foot arthritis, diabetic forefoot ulcers, and stress fractures. Tight calf muscles also decrease walking endurance and sports performance.
Current ways of stretching the calf muscles have shown inconsistent results. They can also stretch and flatten the foot arch instead of lengthening the calf muscles.
Locking of the foot makes it stay stiff and protects its ligaments and joints. This allows for a better stretch of the calf muscles. Stretching this way eliminates the need for corrective surgery in most cases.
Place one foot on a wedge of appropriate size and the correct side. The big toe and the inner side of the foot are placed on the higher side of the wedge and the heel and the outer side of the foot are placed on the lower side of the wedge. Always keep the heel in contact with the wedge and the knee locked straight.
Place the opposite leg in front of the body. Move the body forwards to bring the foot closer to the shin and feel the stretch in the calf muscles. Hold the stretch for several seconds before relaxing. Stretch the opposite calf using the appropriate wedge. Both calves can be stretched simultaneously placing each foot on its corresponding wedge and leaning against a wall. A few stretches every day will improve calf muscle flexibility while protecting the foot.
Caution: the wedges should be used for passive stretching only. Walking or running with the wedge can cause ankle fractures and sprains.