The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The calf muscle is actually two muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The soleus lies underneath the gastrocnemius.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It allows you to rise up on your toes and push off while walking or running.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine David Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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