The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It stretches from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it -- a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It lets you point your toes toward the floor and raise up on your tiptoes. This tendon is also known as the calcaneal tendon, is a tendon of the back of the leg, and the thickest in the human body. It serves to attach the plantaris, gastrocnemius (calf) and soleus muscles to the calcaneus (heel) bone.
Achilles injuries typically occur from trauma or overuse. One of the most common causes of Achilles tendon injuries is playing competitive sports such as basketball or running.
A minor Achilles strain is when you have hyperextended this tendon but it did not tear. Ian Mahimi of the Washington Wizards is a recent example of this. Mahimi will miss six weeks partly as a precaution as an Achilles rupture can have devastating effects.
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