Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body? It is about 15 cm long and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
When the calf muscles flex, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel which allows you to point your toes toward the floor or raise on your tiptoes, as well as push off for propelling the body forward as you walk. You rely on it virtually every time you walk, jump or move your foot in any direction.
Try to feel it – at the back of your ankle and above your heel you will feel a springy, narrow band of tissue. That’s the Achilles tendon!
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