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Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

An Achilles tendon rupture occurs when the tendon on the back of the ankle is torn. Achilles tendon ruptures primarily occur during activities that involve pushing off of the ground or sprinting, like tennis and basketball. Some of the risk factors can include old age, poor flexibility, an inactive lifestyle, and steroid medications. Generally, most ruptures are not tied to a specific injury and are not indicated by pain before the rupture happens. A rupture is usually indicated by sudden pain that is said to be like getting kicked in the back of the leg, and a feeling or hearing of a pop in the tendon. If you have experienced an Achilles tendon rupture, be sure to consult with a podiatrist immediately. Surgery may be necessary, but it can be avoided with proper casting and physical therapy.  Either way, it may take up to 6 months for a full recovery so it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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