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Achilles tendon rupture

About Achilles tendon rupture
About Achilles tendon rupture

Achilles tendon rupture is an injury that affects the backside of the lower leg. When the Achilles tendon ruptures the patient hears a popping sound in the backside of the ankles. Stretching of the ankles may lead to partial or full rupture of the ankles.

Symptoms
Symptoms

There may be times when there are no signs or symptoms of Achilles tendon rupture, but others may experience the below-mentioned symptoms.

Causes
Causes

Achilles tendon rupture is often caused by a sudden increase in stress levels. Some of the common reasons which may have caused the Achilles tendon to rupture are:

Diagnosis
Diagnosis

For diagnosing, the doctor will look for any soreness and swelling. If the tendon has totally been ruptured the doctor may be able to feel the gap in the tendons and better detect the issue. In the examination, the doctor will put some pressure on the calf muscles to check if your foot flexes in a natural way. If the doctor is not able to diagnose the issue the doctor may suggest an ultrasound to check if it’s entirely ruptured or partially ruptured.

Treatment
Treatment

The treatment of the Achilles tendon depends on the severity of the inflammation and also depends on the age and the type of activity due to which it ruptured. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat the rupture.

Non-surgical treatment includes

Surgical treatment

As per a standard method, the doctor makes an incision in the lower leg and sews the damaged tendon together. Depending on the condition of the damaged tendon the doctor may use other tendons to support the repair.

Prevention
Prevention

To reduce your chance of developing Achilles tendon problems, follow these tips: