What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon, also called the tendo calcaneus, is the thickest and strongest tendon in the entire human body.  It goes down the back of the leg and is usually about 6 inches long.  The narrowest area is about 1.5 inches above the site of attachment into the back of the heel and is the location of many injuries to the tendon.

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