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Soleus is a large large muscle, deep to Gastrocnemius. Together the Gastrocnemius, Soleus and Plantaris are known as Triceps Surae. Soleus is used constantly in standing to maintain an upright position.



  • Upper half of the posterior surface of the tibia, along the soleal line.
  • Upper third of the posterior fibula.


  • Posterior surface of the calcaneus via the achilles tendon.


  • Plantar flexion.


  • Tibial nerve.

Daily uses

  • Standing upright.

Example strengthening exercises

Example stretches

Related injuries

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