The single heel drop allicies stretch involves the peroneus longus, tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus, soleus, peroneus brevis and the flexor hallusic longus. These are different to the muscle use in the single heel drop calf stretch, which involves the plantaris, peroneus longus, gastrocnemius, flexor hallucis longus and peroneus brevis. intergrating both of these stretches will cover the back of your lower leg nicely.
These stretches are fairly easy to do and they will increase you flexibility and hence can increase your stride making exercise easier.
Don't ever under estimate the importance of stretching and the benefits it holds.
The Single Heel Drop Calf Stretch is useful for calf and achilles tendon strain, achilles tendonitis and medial tibial pain syndrome
The Single Heel Drop Schilles Stretch is used for the same issues.
Always remember that while stretching may be recommended to aid recovery out of injury, you should always be very careful when stretching through rehabilitation. Your soft tissues are likely to be more vulnerable to re-injury if you stretch too much or too hard during this time. Always check with your Health Care Professional who is guiding you through your recovery to make sure it is appropriate to start stretching, and please - ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES FOR SAFE STRETCHING (The first posting on this stretching blog).
Image taken from "Lower Body Stretches" wall chart by B. Walker.