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.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017

Current as of: March 21, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery