The function of the Achilles heel tendon is to transmit forces between the calf muscles and the foot and vice versa. These forces can apparently be up to 12.5 times bodyweight which explains why the tendon is the largest in the body – see post. Something I learned only a few years ago came as [...]. . . . .Click HERE to read the whole of the post
How the ankle and foot operate together.
How the arch of the foot is closely linked with movements of the hip and knee, and how weakness in the hip can lead to injuries of the lower leg. Also conversely how weakness in the foot arch can lead to problems at the knee and hip.
In sport the ankle is the most important joint in the body. It is the key joint and is responsible for the transfer of forces from the leg to the ground. It has to cope with changes in load, speed, direction and uneven surfaces all at the same time.
You need to understand:
The movements that are available at your ankle joints;
Proprioception and its role in balance;
The involvement of your eyes and ears in balance.