What is an Achilles Tendon Rupture?

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear that occurs when the tendon is stretched beyond its capacity. Forceful jumping or pivoting, or sudden accelerations of running, can overstretch the tendon and cause a tear. An injury to the tendon can also result from falling or tripping.

A person with a ruptured Achilles tendon may experience one or more of the following:

    • Sudden pain (which feels like a kick or a stab) in the back of the ankle or calf, often subsiding into a dull ache
    • A popping or snapping sensation
    • Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and the calf
    • Difficulty walking (especially upstairs or uphill) and difficulty rising up on the toes

These symptoms require prompt medical attention to prevent further damage

Below is a video demonstrating repair of a 2 week old ruptured achilles tendon.

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