11 Facts About Achilles tendon


Achilles tendon or heel cord, known as the calcaneal tendon, is a tendon at the back of the lower leg, and is the thickest in the human body.

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Abnormalities of the Achilles tendon include inflammation, degeneration, rupture, and becoming embedded with cholesterol deposits .

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Achilles tendon connects muscle to bone, like other tendons, and is located at the back of the lower leg.

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The Achilles tendon connects the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles to the calcaneal tuberosity on the calcaneus .

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The Achilles tendon begins near the middle of the calf, and receives muscle fibers on its inner surface, particularly from the soleus muscle, almost to its lower end.

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Blood supply to the Achilles tendon is poor, and mostly via a recurrent branch of the posterior tibial artery, and some through arterial branches passing through surrounding muscles.

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Achilles tendon degeneration is typically investigated with either MRI or ultrasound.

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Achilles tendon tendinosis is a known risk factor for calf muscle tears.

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Achilles' tendon is often tested as part of a neurological examination.

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Achilles tendon is short or absent in great apes, but long in arboreal gibbons and humans.

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Verheyen referred to the mythological account of Achilles tendon being held by the heel by his mother Thetis when she dipped him in the River Styx as a baby to render his body invulnerable.

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