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Calf Muscle

Achilles tendon and calf muscles

The calf muscle is actually two muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The soleus lies underneath the gastrocnemius.

The gastrocnemius is larger and is more at risk for strains, pulls, and tears.

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Patrick J. McMahon MD - Orthopedic Surgery