Jenny Branigan from Total Physio, opposite Sandyford Luas stop
Heel raises should be easy to do on your right and left side. Many people struggle with calf raises on one side due to poor balance (think of those old ankle sprains you tried to run off) or due to general ankle or calf muscle weakness.
Think about how you run; you need to be able to push off your toes, against gravity, and to lift your body weight forwards, many times. A recent study recommended that men and women aged between 30-39 years of age should be able to do 32 and 27 single leg heel raises respectively for normal function. Can you do that?
Look in the mirror and make sure your calf raise looks the same on both sides, and that your body weight passes through your 2nd and 3rd toes as you raise up, and not the outside of your foot!
If you have pain trying calf raises on either side, just give us a call!
In summary, maintain your flexibility daily, prepare your body for what you plan to do, and if in doubt call Total Physio for help! Avail of 10% off physio or a running assessment once you have signed up for the Sandyford5k!