An Achilles tendon rupture is a severe and painful injury that affects the Achilles tendon, which is the largest and strongest tendon in the human body. Located at the back of the ankle, this vital band of connective tissue plays a pivotal role in facilitating walking, running, and jumping. When it tears, it can lead to excruciating pain, a loud popping sensation, and the inability to bear weight on the affected leg. The injury often occurs during sports or physical activities that involve sudden, forceful movements. An Achilles tendon rupture is more common among individuals aged 30 to 40, particularly men. It is beneficial to seek immediate medical attention from a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this painful condition.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Total Podiatry. 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
- Dull to severe pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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