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Calf raises

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by scotfoot, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member


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    Do calf raises strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles ? The exercise seems to be gaining traction for this purpose , but I have not come across any evidence that it does actually strengthen the intrinsics .

    I have seen some evidence that it doesn't strengthen the intrinsics .
     
  2. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member

    Some time ago Karen Mickle and her colleagues produced a paper (1) on the strengthening of intrinsic foot muscles via exercise .

    Success was achieved but not with what the authors called " general foot exercises " .
    They wrote -
    • We compared a progressive strengthening program to a simple home-based foot exercise program.
    • •Adherence to supervised, group exercise classes focussed on the feet was very high.
    • •12 week progressive resistance training increases toe strength in older people.
    • •General foot exercises (e.g. picking up marbles) do not increase toe strength.
    • •Foot exercises improve balance in older people.
    The non successful , at home exercises , included calf raises .

    Can anyone on the arena enlighten me as to when calf raises became a successful , intrinsic strengthening exercise ?

    (1)
    Efficacy of a progressive resistance exercise program to ... - NCBI


    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27780109
    by KJ Mickle - ‎2016 - ‎Cited by 12 - ‎Related articles7 Oct 2016 - Electronic address: Karen.mickle@vu.edu.au. ... whether a progressive resistance training program, focused specifically on the foot muscles,
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
  3. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member

    A few days ago I watched a podcast in which Dr Luke Kelly , on as a guest , discussed the subject of the intrinsic foot musculature with the program hosts .

    It was an interesting watch but I was surprised to hear that Dr Kelly advocates calf raises as a means of strengthening the foot intrinsics . As far as I am aware there is no evidence whatsoever that this exercises strengthens the intrinsics .
    On the other hand Mickles exercise band regime clearly works but was not mentioned at all in the podcast . Go figure !
     
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