Aptly named, the Achilles tendon can be a major source of frustration and weakness for many athletes. The tendon connects the muscles of the calf, the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle complex, to the calcaneus bone in the heel. As with all tendons, the Achilles acts as a connection between muscle and bone and helps absorb forces to limit muscle damage. An incredible amount of weight is placed on the Achilles during every day activity; over twelve times body weight while running, over four times while walking and two times body weight while biking. Movement within the tendon allows it to absorb force, but it can only recover up to a certain point. When the Achilles tendon is repeatedly stressed or placed under an unusual amount of force, injury will occur.
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