Muscle Series 2: Soleus

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Week 2 of the muscle series we’ll talk about the Soleus. It is one of two calf muscles of the posterior leg. It attaches to the heel, but shorter beginning below the knee.

The soleus provides movements such as jumping, walking and standing. Poor range of motion in this muscle may lead to Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Runners often have this muscle ‘cramp up.’

An effective stretche to this muscle: Calf Stretch

* Stand facing a wall and place ball of foot against the wall.
* As you lean closer to the wall keep both feet pointed forward.
* Breathe deeply
* Bend forward slightly to stretch the soleus.
* Shift your weight back to rest, then repeat on other leg.

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