Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is the strongest tendon of the human body.
The Achilles tendon is active and exerted upon at every step taken. The stress on it is multiplicative during jumping, running, etc. Depending on the activity performed the Achilles tendon is subjected to 3 – 12 times a person’s body-weight.
Overuse, misalignment, improper footwear, medication side-effects and/or accidents are the major causes of Achilles tendon injury. This medical condition can be passed on genetically.
Orthopaedic supports or braces advised for protection of Achilles tendon are
- 501 ROM
Medical supports and braces are prescribed by the doctor if required, and the patients are measured for the correct fit by specialist medical retailers (e.g. surgical appliance dealers): the user’s relevant measurements are taken so that an exact anatomical fit is achieved.