Remedy for what my wife calls short calves.

So I am looking on behalf of my wife for a solution to what she calls short calves. Pretty much what she means is that her calve muscle feel like they are to short. when she lays down her feet are almost full extended as if she was jumping. I have attempted to help her stretch them but it is exceptionally tight even with the slights push of the toes to the front shins past the 90 degree point(feet oreintation when just standing). They have always been like this as far as she can remember. So she is looking for something to aid her while she sleeps or something she can use during the day to stretch/lengthen her calves.

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  • There is a sock, the name escapes me now, that is designed to help with PF...It does this by stretching the toes upwards at all times, I'm sure there mentioned here on the site about a dozen times somewhere...They may not help tremendously, but it would keep a small, but constant stretch on the calf I would think...Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
  • If they have been like this for as long as she can remember, then it's probably going to take a while to undo them.  In addition to something to wear, I would highly recommend regular massage or something similar.  I've never had ART or Graston done, but have heard that they're both helpful as well.  Good luck to her!
  • This is a common problem with women that wear high heeled shoes. Over time the Achilles will shorten. I'm not sure if this is the case with your wife or not. Either way, a change to shoes with little to no heel drop are in order. You might even want to look into Earth shoes. The heels on the Earth shoes are actually lower than the midfoot. This will not be a overnight fix, so expect her journey to take lots of time.

    http://www.earthfootwear.com/

    Rgs, Jeepman
  • on 1301672931:

    There is a sock, the name escapes me now, that is designed to help with PF...It does this by stretching the toes upwards at all times, I'm sure there mentioned here on the site about a dozen times somewhere...They may not help tremendously, but it would keep a small, but constant stretch on the calf I would think...Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    I believe you are referring to the Strassburg sock Dave Strassburg - how and why to use the Strassburg sock www.fitbrands.co.uk http://www.thesock.com/
    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-STRASOC.html


    EDIT:
    http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/injury-prevention/injuries/strassburg-sock-night-splint-pf
    I was just reading this post on Runners World about the sock and they didn't seem to like it, they preferred a night splint. Something else you could look into perhaps.
    Using a Night Splint
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    on 1301672931:

    There is a sock, the name escapes me now, that is designed to help with PF...It does this by stretching the toes upwards at all times, I'm sure there mentioned here on the site about a dozen times somewhere...They may not help tremendously, but it would keep a small, but constant stretch on the calf I would think...Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    I believe you are referring to the Strassburg sock Dave Strassburg - how and why to use the Strassburg sock www.fitbrands.co.uk http://www.thesock.com/
    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-STRASOC.html


    EDIT:
    http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/injury-prevention/injuries/strassburg-sock-night-splint-pf
    I was just reading this post on Runners World about the sock and they didn't seem to like it, they preferred a night splint. Something else you could look into perhaps.
    Using a Night Splint


    About 2:45 into that video where the guy is showing the toe push off and how it stresses the fascia is very interesting to me. This more reason to run with a relaxed foot and land on the ball of your foot and to not push off with your toes. You should never be pushing off, only lifting your foot from the ground. While I believe the end result of that sock is to treat somebody with incorrect form, I believe the information contained in it is very valuable.

    Rgs, Jeepman
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