Why you should roll your Calves
If your calves are tight, the muscles on the front of your thigh have to work harder to extend your knee. This can overload the patellar tendon and lead to knee pain. Soft-tissue restrictions in the calves also affect your performance in sports, which is why it’s important to take good care of these high endurance muscles.
How to do it
Place the roller underneath your calves and support your weight with your hands. Roll back and forth to massage the muscle. To increase pressure on the muscle you can put more weight on your hands and roll only one leg at a time.
As Dr. Perry Nickelston points out, short and tight calves muscles can be caused by weak gluteal muscles. If your calves are tight in spite of foam rolling and stretching, improve gluteal strength with these exercises for knee health and see if it helps with your tight calves.