The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. It connects the heel bone to your calf muscle. This tendon allows you to point your toes, rise up to your tiptoes, walk, run, and jump.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a partial or full tear of the tendon. Frequently, this injury occurs in sports. Sudden starts, stops, and pivots can stretch the tendon to a breaking point. High impact activities can also repeatedly put stress on the tendon leading to an injury over time. Tripping, falling, or twisting your ankle can also cause an Achilles tendon rupture.
Adults who participate in high impact activities without training consistently are more likely to experience an Achilles tendon rupture than a younger athlete. A rupture is most common in people ages 30 to 40 and occurs more frequently in men than women.
The common signs and symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture include:
- Pain above the heel
- Pain when walking, especially uphill or up stairs
In a severe tear, you may hear or feel a popping at the back of the leg near the heel accompanied by severe and instant pain. When the tendon is torn, pointing your toes or pushing off your toes when you take a step will be difficult.
The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in your body. When it ruptures, it is a serious injury, and you should seek medical treatment. The best treatment option will be determined based on the severity of the tear.
If you are experiencing the common signs and symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture, give me a call at (630) 323-6116. I can diagnose and treat a partial or complete tear of the Achilles tendon, so that you can get back on your feet.
Dr. Bryant S. Ho is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and is trained in the operative and non-operative management of adolescent and adult foot and ankle disorders. Dr. Ho places a strong emphasis on customizing his care for each patient to ensure successful outcomes. He provides all treatment options including preventative care, conservative management, and operative intervention.