Achilles tendon: Side (lateral) view

Illustration of Achilles tendon: side (lateral) view

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The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. The calf muscles include 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.

Last Updated: July 16, 2009

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatric Surgery

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