Medial gastrocnemius and soleus fascial release – for big calves, inner arch pain, flat feet + more
All of you with smaller calves – can you tell everyone by commenting if this is even worthwhile for you?
I have big calves from my gymnast days (and Italian genes). The inside “meaty” portion of my calves – anatomically the medial gastrocnemius – can get especially facially restricted because it’s hard to get in here and release, so it’s often neglected.
Lately I was playing around with a several different tools trying to get at my inner calf – a softball (my knew favorite for OUTER calves!), a lacrosse ball (too small) and a foam roller (just right).
Why release your inner calf?
If you’re suffering with any of the follow you could benefit:
Flat feet (the inner calf fascia line can pull you into a flat foot position, in addition to your peroneal fascia and other areas, so this isn’t a one stop fix for flat feet but it might help!)
Medial knee pain
Inner arch pain, or plantar fasciitis / arch pain that’s more towards the inside of your foot than outer, and not to be confused with plantar fasciitis that is felt as HEEL pain
Low back pain – every once in a while, this inner calf line can pull enough at your pelvis that it can cause lower back pain. It’s NOT the first place I’d look to solve your pain, but if you’ve tried a lot of other things this can be a GREAT place to go next and see if you get relief!
Tension headaches – yep, sounds crazy I know but I’ve actually helped people in my private practice eliminate headaches and neck pain by releasing this area, in conjunction with other areas. That’s because there is one line of fascia that uninterrupted from the bottom of the foot through the calf, through the adductor, into the pelvic cavity and all the way up your spine to the top of your HEAD.
Try it and share your success stories below, you’ll inspire someone else to get to work and feel better too!