Calf Skinfold Site

The medial calf skinfold site is one of the common locations used for the assessment of body fat using skinfold calipers. There are also a few less common skinfold sites of the lower leg, such as the lateral and posterior calf sites. See the complete list of skinfold sites, and the general procedure for taking skinfold measurements.

calf skinfold landmark site

Landmark for Medial Calf

  • A point on the medial (inside) surface of the calf, at the level of the largest circumference. A tape measure should be used to determine this point.
calf skinfold measurement

Pinch

  • The subject should place their foot on a chair or box so that the knee is at approximately 90 degrees.
  • A vertical pinch parallel to the long axis of the leg.

Other Calf Skinfold Sites

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