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What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The achilles tendon otherwise known as the tendon calcaneus, is a tendon made up of a large band of fibrous tissue located on lower 1/3 of the posterior leg at the back of the ankle. This tendon is a conjoined tendon of two powerful calf muscles, ie. the gastrocnemious and soleus that inserts to the heel bone or calcaneus. It is the largest tendon in the human body. When the calf muscles tighten or contract, the Achilles tendon then pulls on the heel. This action allows you to point your foot as well as stand on your tiptoes. It is a vital component to various activities such as walking, running, and jumping.

Conditions: There are two common conditions that affect the achilles tendon. These conditions include achilles tendonitis and achilles tendonosis.

 
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Robitaille Optimized 2016

Dr. Robitaille is a native of Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Barry University, School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, FL with honors.

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Dr. Newsom is a native of Valparaiso, Indiana. He graduated from Barry University, School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, FL with honors.

Jeffress Optimized

Dr. Kristian Jeffress received her medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in May of 2007. Dr. Jeffress then completed her three year training in Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in June 2010 at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

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As the youngest of five children, Dr. Parsons was born and raised in Upstate NY. After obtaining a degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, in Buffalo, he spent one additional winter in the region before realizing that he should move south sooner than later! He made the move south in 2001.

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Dr. Clauther is originally from the island nation of Haiti, but he has lived in New York City for the past 23 years.

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Dr. Abibsi is a member of the Podiatric Order of Quebec. She has lectured across the province of Quebec to promote feet health: from babies to golden aged, everyone can rely on her expertise.

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