Achilles was a hero
of Greek mythology, the hero of Homer's Illiad and the
bravest hero of the Trojan war.
some stories, when Achilles was born, his mother, Thetis,
tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the magic
immersed Achilles in the river, she held him by his
heel, meaning that was the one place that was untouched
by the protective water of the river. So that was
the one place he was capable of receiving a mortal blow.
Trojan war, Achilles defeated the greatest Trojan
warrior, Hector after Hector had killed his friend
Paris of Troy fired an arrow at Achilles, which struck
him in his one vulnerable spot, his heel.
"Achilles heel" was first coined by the Dutch anatomist,
Verheyden in 1693 when he dissected his own amputated
leg, and we still call the major tendon that runs from
the calf muscle and attaches to the back of the heel the
still use the phrase "Achilles heel" to refer to an
individual's weak spot or area of vulnerability.
Each of us
has some vulnerability to injury or disease. Our
clinic has adopted the name the Achilles in the title
the Achilles Foot Health Centre because we wish to help
provide treatment for our patients' area of
vulnerability, whether it literally is their actual
Achilles tendon, or figuratively referring to another
foot health issue.