The calf muscle is actually two muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The soleus lies underneath the gastrocnemius.
The gastrocnemius is larger and is more at risk for strains, pulls, and tears.
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.
Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine