The Achilles tendon is a long tendon that connects the heel with calf muscles. The function of the Achilles tendon is simple but crucial: it allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.
Muscles of the right leg, posterior view
m. gastrocnemius caput mediale
m. gastrocnemius caput laterale
m. soleus (calf muscle)
Do you know that the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest one in the body?
Do you know that during walking the Achilles tendon can withstand a stress load 3.9 times exceeding your body weight?
Calcaneal tendon (Achilles)
Here’s the list of the most common injuries of the Achilles tendon:
Tendon’s tissue sheath becomes inflamed, swollen, and hot
It occurs when the Achilles tendon is completely or partially torn. Also, tendon rupture may be caused by medication side effects, laceration or crushing.
Degeneration and inflammation of the Achilles lead to its partial breakdown or even tears (in chronic cases).
Tendinopathy is a condition common to athletes but also experienced by non-athletic patients. Tendinopathy is generally not associated with or preceded by trauma, but rather appears to develop gradually over time due to overburdening of a tendon. When an athlete or other patient seeks traditional medical attention for tendon pain, the first line of treatment […]Read More (0)
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