At DM Foot and Ankle, we are proud to provide our patients with a tool to combat tight calves: foam rollers. Tight calves are a leading cause of limited range of motion in our ankles, heel pain, and reduced functioning of the rest of our bodies.
Foam rolling is a form of self-massage to loosen tight structures in our bodies. The muscles in our bodies are surrounded by a layer of connective tissue called fascia. Due to the shoes we wear, sitting or standing for prolonged periods and poor stretching around exercising, the connective tissue that surrounds our calves are shortened. To address this shortening and tightness that we feel in our calves with a foam roller, we use a technique called self-myofascial release, or trigger point massage. It is a technique that massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors commonly use. A foam roller can be used in place of the therapist’s hands in the comfort of your home.
Begin by placing one leg on the roller. Raise the hips and slowly begin to roll from below the knee to the ankle. If you find a sore spot, stop and hold the foam roller at that spot for about 20 to 30 seconds before continuing. Continue to roll through your calf area four times. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to our muscles and creates better mobility, helping with not only recovering from injuries, but also improving overall performance and daily functioning.
Take advantage of one of the most effective tools to dramatically and immediately impact your health. We offer top of the line foam rollers in our office.Stop into DM Foot and Ankle for a consult and further education about how foam rollers may improve your overall wellness.
Foam rollers are 10% off for the month of January!