Achillies Tendon Rupture

Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury which needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. The Achilles tendon is located just behind and above the heel. Its role is to help the foot bend downwards at the ankle.

The two major problems which can occur with the Achilles are rupture and tendonitis. The Achilles is a very strong tendon, but it can rupture when there is a sudden force or stress. This can include, for example, a powerful push off during running, football or other sports and activities. Rupture can also occur during an injury, such as if the foot is suddenly forced into an upwards position, stretching the Achilles.

Sometimes, the Achilles tendon can be weakened, making it more prone to a rupture. Tendonitis (inflammation) can lead to degeneration and weakness and other medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus can make the Achilles more prone to rupture.

If the Achilles tendon is torn, this is called an Achilles tendon rupture. The tear may be described as ‘partial’ or ‘complete’. In a partial tear, there is still some degree of connection to the calf muscle. If there is a complete tear, all connection has been severed. Achilles tendon problems always require specialist medical assessment to avoid rupture, or if rupture has taken place, urgent treatment is vital.

There are two major problems encountered with the Achilles:






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