Why would you say that AllNew. It seems to contradict the advice given for hill running by RW. (or do you mean toes not forefoot?)
Personally I think that you are just doing too much too fast. You need to take the hills easier, less ascent, less speed and shorter hills. Vuild up slowly as you would any part of your training.
Stretch your calf muscles and ahcilles after you ascents. If you ensure that you land on your fore or midfoot and touch your heels to the floor with every stride then this will stretch as you run. Massage afterward or use a foam roller or similar.
Personally I'd avoid deliberate forefoot landing on the uphills if this isnt already your natural gait.
Going uphill puts a lot of strain on the calf, and even more so if you decide to suddenly start landing forefoot - no wonder you have calf/achilles trouble.
Is this a hill reps training session you are attempting, or is it just a big hill you come across in your run route?
If its just the odd big hil, you need to shorten your stride and maintain the same perceived effort on the hill as you do on the flat - ie slow down a bit and pump the arms. Unless you are fell running the calves really shouldnt be so bad that you can walk or run on the flat afterwards.
"base of the calf muscle" sounds like good old fashioned achilles trouble
I would go see a physio.
As for stretching - here's a bit of info that may help.
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