Anatomy of the Achilles Tendon

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The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in our body. Discover more about the anatomy of the Achilles tendon from a doctor of physical therapy in this free video on the Achilles tendon.

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Hi, this is Tara Pollak, physical therapist from Evolution Physical Therapy, and I am here to tell you a little bit about the anatomy of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in our body. It's made up of the two muscles in the calf. The gastrocnemius and the soleus muscle. They come down and converge into what is the Achilles tendon but then attaches onto the calcaneus or our heel bone. Now, common causes of injury to the Achilles tendon can be over use, improper footwear or imbalances of strength and weakness in the lower leg. The Achilles tendon allows us to raise up onto our toes when we are standing and it will also allows us to push off the ground quickly for direction changes.

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