Functional anatomy of the Achilles tendon

  title={Functional anatomy of the Achilles tendon},
  author={M. N. Doral and M. Alam and M. Bozkurt and E. Turhan and O. A. Atay and G. D{\"o}nmez and N. Maffulli},
  journal={Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy},
  • M. N. Doral, M. Alam, +4 authors N. Maffulli
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine
  • Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
  • The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the human body. It is also the commonest tendon to rupture. It begins near the middle of the calf and is the conjoint tendon of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. The relative contribution of the two muscles to the tendon varies. Spiralisation of the fibres of the tendon produces an area of concentrated stress and confers a mechanical advantage. The calcaneal insertion is specialised and designed to aid the dissipation of stress… CONTINUE READING
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