Are my tight calf muscles and foot pain related?

Biocorrect, LLC


The body’s weight is carried predominantly by the muscles, ligaments and tendons in our legs. You probably don’t think about them unless you’re in pain. 

When your legs and feet are causing you pain, you may be wondering if the pain is related. Simply put, yes, they are likely related. 

How can my tight calf muscles and foot pain be related?

The body is a complex thing. Bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles work in conjunction to allow us to move. Breaking down the calf and foot pain you’re experiencing, look at the two calf muscles, gastrocnemius and soleus, which connect to the foot by the Achilles tendon. 

When you walk, run, or jump, the calf muscles pull the heel up via the Achilles tendon to allow forward movement. If the gastrocnemius muscle is tight, it can cause the Achilles tendon to pull so hard on the foot bone it affects the normal functioning of the foot.

5 issues caused by the calf and foot relationship

Tight calf muscles and foot pain can be caused by the overuse or underuse of the muscles, muscle wasting, or muscle tears. Improper footwear can also cause pain in your calves or feet.

The correlation between tight calf muscles and foot pain can present as:

  • Plantar fasciitis — inflammation of the plantar fascia
  • Achilles tendonitis — when the Achilles tendon has inflammation
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction —  the tendon connecting the calf muscle to the inside of the ankle is injured, torn, or swollen 
      • Metatarsalgia — caused by inflammation of the ball of the foot
  • Hammer toe — deformity causing the toes to bend at the middle joint, creating a hammer or “z” appearance

  • How can custom orthotic insoles help with tight calf muscles and foot pain

    Custom orthotic insoles can offer help to ease or eliminate your calf and foot pain. Using orthotics can help add extra padding to your properly fitting shoes and help relieve stress on your legs. These can also help decrease your chance of developing a muscle injury. Custom orthotics in your properly fitting footwear improves your joint alignment. Improving alignment can help relieve your pain. If you’re recovering from an injury, custom orthotics can help boost your recovery. 

    Biocorrect custom orthotic insoles can help alleviate your tight calf muscles and foot pain

    Our Biocorrect team is ready to help you find the perfect custom orthotics. We are happy to offer in-person or virtual consultations. We can make foam impressions of your feet. If you’re working with us virtually, we will send you a kit right to your home. These foam impression models will aid us in creating a set of orthotic insoles customized just for you. 

    Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.