Tight calf muscles can cause or aggravate pre-existing foot problems. When the calf muscles are too tight, and the foot tries to move up in dorsiflexion, ligaments and tendons in the arch of the foot get stretched and weaken. This can lead to many conditions including painful flatfeet, plantar fasciitis, ankle arthritis, charcot arthropathy, diabetic forefoot ulcers, Achilles tendonitis, stress fracture of the foot and more. Proper stretching with our foot locking technique can help all these conditions.
The wedges help develop flexible calf muscles that are strong enough to handle the stress of exercise, be it low impact or high impact. In addition to improving sports performance, flexible calf muscles increase walking endurance. This strengthening decreases the risk of acute muscle strains and foot injuries. And, regular stretching and strengthening of the foot and calf helps prevent chronic foot ailments like plantar fasciitis, painful flatfeet, knee, ankle and foot arthritis, diabetic forefoot ulcers and stress fractures. In some cases a strong flexible calf can even decrease stress and pain in the foot without surgery. Current ways of stretching calf muscles have inconsistent results. Stretching without calves, ankles and feet in the proper position may stretch and flatten the foot arch instead of lengthening calf muscles. Locking the foot in the correct position 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 many cases.