What is the Achilles Tendon?
A tendon is a strong, rope-like structure that connects muscle to bone. When the muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, which in turn moves the bone. The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. It links the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel bone (calcaneus). This muscle/tendon unit produces most of the force that pushes the foot down during walking or running. Achilles tendon problems are very common and generally fall into two categories
Ruptures are due to a combination of age-related factors, injury or trauma and may be either partial or complete.
Insertional Achilles Tendinosis (also known as tendinitis) is a progressive condition that occurs from wear and tear.