Unlocking the secrets of the Achilles’ heel


Microstructure and micromechanics of the interface between bone and tendon

Walking, running, sprinting – every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles’ tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles’ tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why.

Click here to read on at TUM research news page.