Q Why does stretching my calves help with heel pain?
A tight Achilles Tendon, or heel cord, can contribute to heel pain, or plantar fasciitis. The gastroc soleus tendon, or calf muscle, comes into the Achilles tendon, which inserts at the back of the heel. As the calfs loosen up, this pulls less on the calcaneus, or the heel bone, which eases the strain on the plantar fascia below the heel. Some of the tissues run into the plantar fascia, so a flexible Achilles tendon, leads to decreased heel pain. For more info on Achilles tendonitis, or heel pain, please visit us as Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic and we can povide you with answers.