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Archive for April 17th, 2011

Calf Muscles

Calf Muscles

Triceps Surae: The calf muscles are located beneath the knee on the back of your leg.  They are responsible for lifting your foot so you can walk, run, and stand.    There are two muscles that connect to the foot by means of the Achilles tendon:

  1. Gastrocnemius – Branches off into two heads that connect above the knee to the bottom of the femur.
  2. Soleus – Lies beneath a portion of the gastrocnemius and attaches to the top of the tibia.

A torn calf muscle can change the way your knee moves.  This can lead to osteoarthritis.  If you already have OA, then keeping your calves stretched and strong can make your knees feel better.