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Signs That Your Achilles Tendon Might Rupture

Achilles tendonitis happens when there are tears in the tendon from overuse. When the Achilles heel ruptures it is usually because an injury created a sudden strain on that area. If this happens, there will be intense pain or a popping sound that can lead to swelling, burning, and stiffness in the area. It is important that if you damage your Achilles tendon, you rest your foot and seek care. At first you might not be able to tell if you have ruptured your tendon or just pulled a muscle but if the pain is intense and does not go away, the stiffness is greater than average, and you cannot stand to push off from the affected foot, you probably have or are near a rupture. See a chiropodist as soon as possible for an examination, an X-ray, and/or an MRI for a definite diagnosis and plan for treatment.

Achilles tendonitis is a common injury of the Achilles tendon, a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the back of the lower leg. The Achilles tendon can also rupture, making it impossible to lift the foot. If you are suffering from heel or calf pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Causes of Achilles tendon injuries include: 

  • Repetitive stress or overuse

  • Sudden increase in activity levels

  • High impact injury

  • Calf muscle tightness or weakness

  • Altered foot biomechanics

  • Heel bone spurs

  • Underlying medical conditions that weaken the tendon

Symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include: 

  • Heel and calf pain that worsens following exercise

  • Chronic heel and calf pain

  • Sudden pain in the back of the ankle or calf

  • A popping or snapping sensation

  • Thickened lump in the Achilles tendon

  • Ankle and calf stiffness

  • Decreased range of motion in the affected foot

  • Swelling

  • Difficulty walking 

Treatment

  • Resting the affected leg

  • Applying ice 

  • Compressing the foot and ankle

  • Elevating the injured leg 

  • Wearing orthotics

  • Low impact exercises

  • Stretches

  • Strengthening exercises 

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

  • Cortisone injections

  • Surgery, if the tendon is ruptured 

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful and lead to reduced mobility if left untreated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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