Feeling tight calves, Achilles or aching shins? Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body? It’s job is to transmit forces produced by the calf muscles in order to lift the heel and push off during exercise and day to day time on the feet. This tendon can withstand forces up to 7 times your body weight, however; many people experience lower leg discomfort during or after a run. Typically, this can happen in over-eager new runners or those that are overtraining; compounded by a lack of attention towards releasing these muscles post-run. The problem becomes increasingly cumulative and can lead to excessive tightness, discomfort and ultimately injury. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you are keeping the muscles of your lower leg, pliable, healthy and performing at their best.