Muscle of the Month (August) Gastrocnemius

Posted on August 20th, 2006, by relax

The gastrocnemius or what many refer to as the “calf” muscle, is the one of the larger muscles of the leg, and the largest muscle of the lower leg.  Its main function is in flexing the knee, and with the aid of other muscles it also planarflexes the ankle joint.  It extends from the femur to the Achilles tendon, and when flexed, it causes the foot to point downwards.

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