Q&A: Stretching the Peroneal Muscles

Question From Alex

Do you have any stretches you can recommend for getting at the peroneal muscles? I foam roll them but have yet to find a stretch that really works…

Response From Coach James Dunne

Hi Alex,

Great question. As you rightly say, stretching the Peroneal muscles (AKA Fibularis muscles) of the lower leg isn’t easy. In contrast to how easily I achieve a stretch in my hamstrings, for example, it’s actually rather difficult to take the ankle through sufficient range to put the Peroneal muscles in enough of an end-of-range position to feel an isolated stretch.

Leigh Boyle (@LeighBoyle) from Athletes Treating Athletes has put together a great video highlighting some of the self-treatment options you have for getting stuck-in to your Peroneal muscles. In the video she particularly focuses on Peroneus Longus.

Soft Tissue Techniques & Stretches – Peroneals

N.B. Watch right to the end for a great couple of stretches! If you don’t have a stretching strap, try using a towel…

Hope this helps :)

About The Author

James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.

 

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  • Great Video – Excellent Advice – We looked at several videos to help my 12 year old son stretch his leg and this is the only one that had accurate info.and lots of suggestions Thank You

  • Leigh starts out by explaining what might be going wrong on the bike – Bingo! I knew my problem was coming from the bike and I have a smaller set of cranks that is going onto the bike soon – thinking that will give me a little more clearance. In the meantime, I will be paying attention to how my left foot moves while I’m riding. The treatment options and the stretch helped a lot. Thanks.

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