Achilles' tendon


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Achilles' tendon

(tendo calcaneus) (tĕn`dō kălkā`nēəs), sinew prominent at the back of the ankle, connecting the tendons of the calf muscles to the heelbone. When the musculature contracts, the pull on the Achilles' tendon elevates the heel in the springy motion essential to running and jumping. Since the effect is to lift the entire body weight against a severely adverse leverage ratio, the Achilles' tendon by necessity is the toughest and strongest of human tendons. The name derives from the mythical Greek hero Achilles, who was vulnerable only in the heel.
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"Ahmed had an MRI in Brisbane this morning.The results showed a slight retrocalcaneal bursitis (inflammed bursa) between the Achilles' tendon and the calcaneus (heel bone).The Achilles' tendon was intact and undamaged.
Head coach Aitor Karanka confirmed after the Barnsley match that the injury looked similar to the torn Achilles' tendon Williams suffered in a fixture against Wigan at the Riverside in January last year.
The diagnosis of an Achilles' tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning," said Team Manager Dr.