Almost any motion that involves the ankle is difficult unless this tendon is intact and functioning.
by Joy Keller
Many fitness professionals have dealt with an Achilles tendon injury, either their own or a client’s. The largest and strongest tendon in the body, the Achilles connects the lower-leg muscles and calf to the heel. “Synchronous functioning” of the tendon and calf is crucial for many activities, including standing on tiptoe, running, jumping and climbing stairs (Bhimji 2016).
Dutch surgeon Philip Verheyen named the tendon (after the Greek hero Achilles) in 1693. Previously, it was known as “tendo magnus of Hippocrates” (van Dijk 2011). Read on to find out more about this key body part:
AchillesTendon.com. 2016. Achilles tendon information. Accessed Nov. 2017:achillestendon.com/achilles-tendon-information/.
APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). 2013. Physical therapist’s guide to Achilles tendon injuries (tendinopathy). Accessed Nov. 17, 2017:moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail.aspx?cid=0d1d353d-ea2c-4133-b39f-cfd856036d69.
Bhimji, S.S. 2016. Achilles tendon rupture. MedicineNet.com. Accessed Nov. 2017: medicinenet.com/achilles_tendon_rupture/article.htm.
Emerald Coast Podiatry. 2016. Achilles tendonitis fast facts. Accessed Nov. 17, 2017: emeraldcoastpodiatry.com/blog/post/achilles-tendonitis-fast-facts.html.
Järvinen, T.A.H., et al. 2001. Achilles tendon injuries. Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 13(12), 150–55. Lange, A. 2012. The Achilles tendon: Fascination facts about body parts. Thestar.com. Accessed Nov. 17, 2017: thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2012/10/16/the_achilles_tendon_fascination_facts_about_body_parts.html.
van Dijk, C.N., et al. 2011. Terminology for Achilles tendon related disorders. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 19 (5), 835–41.
Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 2
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