Relief for calf tightness?

Hello fello ATRs

I am 9 1/2 months since start of non-op ATR treatment and I have been in two shoes for ~7 months (similar to UWO protocol).  I would really appreciate some feedback on how to relieve the tightness in my calf.  Perhaps there is a diet or vitamin(s) that can help?

  • one leg heel lift max is say 2 cm; strength deficit with injured leg and I can feel this and tightness during walking push off; I am also working at increasing push off strength and this has been a struggle
  • calf girth is 35.5 cm vs 38 cm on good leg and this has not changed for months
  • Achilles has thickened in rupture area, but this has reduced with time
  • I have a desk/office job but walk from my office when I feel the need
  • drinking water to keep muscles hydrated
  • soleus and gastroc are noticeably tight after being sedentary (sleeping, sitting, etc)
  • some mild pain in Achilles during walking push offs and heel raises
  • massage provides only temporary relief if any;  no relief from tightness during PT as this involves exercises and muscle stimulation

All comments welcomed!

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