Calf Muscle

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.

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 ofJune 26, 2019

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

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