Achilles Tendon Directory
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Despite being the strongest tendon in the body, it can be injured, especially in athletes. Most injuries heal on their own, though some may require surgery. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Achilles tendon injuries occur, what the Achilles tendon looks like, how to treat injuries, and much more.
Top Causes of Achilles Tendon Injuries
Your Achilles tendon is small but mighty – it helps you walk and move your foot. What happens when you injure it?
Achilles Tendon Injury: What to Expect from Treatment
If you injure your Achilles tendon, you may be in a little pain – or you might be unable to walk. Here are the options for treating your injury.
Ruptured Tendon Treatment
All ruptured tendons, regardless of site, follow standard RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) home therapy procedure as you seek medical attention.
How Do I Stretch My Achilles Tendon?
What exercises can I do for my Achilles tendon?
Torn Achilles tendon: Treatment and Recovery of Jim Miller of the Chicago Bears
Miller was filling in for injured quarterback Cade McNown in the Bears' 20-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 12. He was in the middle of a run when the injury happened.
Vinny Testaverde, Quarterback for the New York Jets
The Achilles tendon, a thick tendon that attaches a muscle in the calf to the heel, gives a person the ability to rise onto the toes and to point the foot.
Strains, Sprains and Other Sports Injuries: 3 Questions
WebMD answers three questions about the causes of strains, sprains and other sports injuries -- such as runner’s knee and tennis elbow -- and how to treat them.
5 Nice Things to Do for Your Feet
From blisters to inflamed tendons, summer can be tough on toes.
Slideshows & Images
Achilles Tendon (Human Anatomy): Picture, Definition, Injuries, Pain, and More
WebMD's Achilles Tendon Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and description of its function as well as conditions that affect the achilles tendon.
Feet (Human Anatomy): Bones, Tendons, Ligaments, and More
WebMD's Feet Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the parts of the feet and explains their function.