Tendons and Ligaments
Tendons and ligaments are similar but different. Both are fibrous connective tissues, but tendons attach muscle to bone, while ligaments attach bone to bone.
In the foot, the main tendon is the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It’s the Achilles tendon that gives the foot its versatility, helping you to run, jump, stand on your toes and more.
The main ligaments of the foot is the plantar fascia, which runs along the sole of the foot, from heel to toes, forming the arch. However, two other important ligaments are:
- Plantar calcaneonavicular ligament – in the sole of the foot.
- Calcaneocuboid ligament – which helps the plantar fascia support the arch of the foot.