Calf Step Stretch
This is my favorite calf stretch, because it’s very effective and easy to do. All you need is any type of step or elevated item that won’t move when you stand on it.
Start by standing with both feet on a step. Have about half of each foot on the step with your heels hanging off the edge. Then simply let your heels drop down and the more they move down, the more the calf stretch.
If your legs are almost straight (always keep a tiny bend in your knees), this targets the main part of the calf, especially the upper end under the knee. If you want to focus on the lower part of your calf and your achilles, you can increase the bend in your knees, to create a different stretch.
If stretching both legs at the same time doesn’t give you enough of a stretch, you can increase the intensity of the stretch by stretching one leg at a time. Since the stretch is caused by your legs supporting the weight of your body, changing from two legs to one, significantly increases the stretch.
For many people, the one leg version will be too intense, at least initially. In that case, you can keep the non-stretching leg on the step and use it for assistance. The more weight you have on the non-stretching leg, the less weight will be supported by the other leg, and the less intense the stretch will be.