Achilles tendon

A tendon attaches muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon 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.

Last Updated: July 16, 2009

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