Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon plays a crucial role in the movement of the foot and ankle, as it connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. An Achilles tendon rupture can cause sudden and severe pain, making it difficult to walk or move.

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An Achilles tendon rupture often occurs when there is a sudden increase in stress on the tendon, such as during sports activities like basketball, tennis, or soccer. It can also happen when there is a sudden and forceful movement of the ankle, such as jumping or pivoting.



The most common symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture are sudden and severe pain in the back of the ankle, swelling, and bruising. It may also feel like a popping or snapping sensation has occurred. It is still possible to walk or stand on a ruptured Achilles tendon, but it often feels weak or unstable and tends to hurt.

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Without proper treatment, an Achilles tendon rupture can result in a limp and weakness. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the rupture, but early recognition can lead to better results. In some cases, wearing a boot or cast may be effective, while in others, surgery is recommended.

If you suspect you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, it is essential to seek medical attention right away. A healthcare provider can evaluate your symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

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