Achilles Tendon Information

Achilles tendon physiology, doctors, footwear, injury recovery news, Achilles biography, About, and other names for the Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendon Physiology

The Achilles tendon is fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg: the calf muscles. Leg muscles are the most powerful muscle group in the body and the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. Contracting the calf muscles pulls the Achilles tendon, which pushes the foot downward. This contraction enables: standing on the toes, walking, running, and jumping. Each Achilles tendon is subject to a person’s entire body weight with each step. Depending upon speed, stride, terrain and additional weight being carried or pushed, each Achilles tendon may be subject to up to 3-12 times a person’s body weight during a sprint or push off. For more information on Achilles tendon anatomy see: Achilles Tendon Physiology.

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Achilles Tendon Doctors

Several different types of doctors treat Achilles tendon injuries, including: Family Physicians / General Practitioners, Podiatrists, Orthopedists, Chiropractors, and Internists. Within each of these types, some focus on the treatment of sports related injuries.  For information on their specialties and training see: Achilles Tendon Doctors.

Footwear and Achilles Tendons

Achilles tendon injuries and footwear are related in three ways: correctly fitting footwear can be a major factor in preventing Achilles tendon injuries, recovering from Achilles tendon injuries, and preventing the re-occurrence of Achilles tendon injuries.  An Achilles tendon injury is usually a sign that footwear changes should be made.

For Achilles tendon shoe and sports shoe guidelines, information on barefoot running and Achilles tendons, information on Achilles tendon braces and cast, plus Achilles tendon orthotic guidelines, see: Footwear and Achilles Tendons.

Achilles Tendon Injury Recovery News

For a sampling of news articles about successful Achilles tendon injury recovery, see: Achilles Tendon Injury Recovery News.

Achilles: Mythical Hero

Real Tendon, Mythical Hero.  The Achilles tendon is named after Achilles: the ancient Greek hero of the Trojan War. Achilles was invulnerable except for one spot on his heel (Achilles heel). After many adventures and victories he was killed by an arrow shot into his heel. As a result of the Achilles legend, the expression Achilles heel came to mean a fatal vulnerability, and the tendon connecting the heel to the calf became known as the Achilles tendon. For more information on Achilles the mythical hero, see: Achilles: Mythical Hero.

Other Names

In addition to Achilles heel, the Achilles tendon is also known as the heel cord, heel tendon, and calcenean tendon.  Achilles tendonitis is often spelled Achilles tendinitis.  Sinew is a synonym for tendon.  Common misspellings of Achilles include: Achillies, Achillis, Achilies, Achellie’s, Achiles, Archiles, and Achillys.


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