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Causes of an Achilles Tendon Rupture

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Achilles tendon injuries, particularly ruptures, can be painful and debilitating. This essential tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, plays a pivotal role in activities like running, jumping, and pushing off with the foot. Achilles tendon ruptures can be caused by falling from a great height, stumbling into holes, and engaging in sports that demand forceful foot movements, like sprint starts. Even a deep cut over the tendon site can lead to a rupture. Risk factors for an Achilles tendon rupture include age because natural wear and tear over time weaken the tendon. Those with a history of Achilles tendonitis or prior injuries to the tendon are at an elevated risk. Conditions such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout can also contribute to Achilles tendon injuries. Inappropriate footwear is yet another factor that can strain the tendon. Engaging in activities with caution, wearing proper footwear, addressing underlying medical conditions, and seeking prompt treatment for previous injuries are important steps in safeguarding the Achilles tendon's health and minimizing the risk of rupture. If you believe you have an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Kellvan Cheng, DPM of Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • 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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Carrollton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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