Calf Muscle

Calf Muscle

Calf Muscle


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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: March 2, 2020

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