A tendon attaches muscle to bone. The
Achilles tendon, also called the heel cord, attaches the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel
bone (calcaneus); it is the largest tendon in the body and withstands a large
amount of weight with each foot movement.
The Achilles tendon allows the foot to point downward and enables a
person to stand on his or her toes.
July 13, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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