Achilles Tendon Ruptures

What Is Achilles Tendon Ruptures?

Achilles Tendon Rupture: Understanding, Causes, and Treatment

Unveiling Achilles Tendon Rupture

An Achilles tendon rupture occurs when the Achilles tendon, located just above your heel and connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone, undergoes excessive stretching, resulting in either a partial or complete tear. The onset of pain is immediate, often accompanied by a popping sensation. At City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we are affiliated with renowned orthopedic hospitals across the nation, offering cutting-edge treatments for a wide range of tendon injuries, including Achilles tendon ruptures.

Causes of Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon has limited blood flow, making it vulnerable to injury. Common causes of Achilles tendon tears include sudden increases in tendon stress, such as:

  1. Falling from a height onto the foot or ankle.
  2. Awkward steps, often due to stepping into a hole or misstep.
  3. Participation in high-impact sports that involve jumping and quick movements.

Symptoms of Achilles Tendon Rupture

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear, consult our trusted physicians at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine:

  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Calf pain
  • Swelling near the heel
  • Popping sensation or sound in the back during injury
  • Inability to point or stand on toes

Diagnosis of Achilles Tendon Rupture

Diagnosing an Achilles tendon tear can be accomplished through a straightforward in-office examination at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Our fellowship-trained physicians conduct a thorough assessment of your lower leg and Achilles tendon region to determine the extent of your injury. In cases where a full or partial Achilles tendon tear cannot be conclusively diagnosed based on a physical examination alone, your physician may recommend imaging tests to obtain a detailed view of the area and ensure an accurate diagnosis. These tests may include ultrasound or MRI scans.

Treatment for Achilles Tendon Rupture

Whenever possible, we prioritize minimally invasive treatment options for orthopedic injuries. Conservative treatments for Achilles tendon tears may involve:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Pain relief medications
  • Walking with a boot or cast
  • Lifestyle adjustments

In cases where conservative measures prove insufficient to fully restore the Achilles tendon or in the event of a complete tear, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are likely to recommend Achilles tendon repair surgery. Rest assured that we employ the latest research-backed techniques, ensuring your confidence and comfort on your path to a swift recovery.

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