Muscle of the Month (October): Soleus

Posted on October 7th, 2006, by relax

Soleus is Latin for sole, a flat fish.  The soleus is a broad, flat muscle in the calf of the leg.  It is a small  muscle of the lower posterior leg, located just under the gastrocnemius muscle.  The soleus is a more powerful plantarflexor than the gastrocnemius.  The soleus is originates on the tibia and fibula and inserts at the calcaneus via the achilles tendon.  The soleus is sometimes considered a powerful venous pump, responsible for pumping blood in the veins of the calf back to the heart, because of the location of some of the deep veins of the leg. Š

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