Achilles Tendon Rupture is an injury that affects the back of your lower leg. It most commonly occurs in people playing recreational sports. The Achilles Tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. If you overstretch your Achilles Tendon, it can tear completely or just partially. In case of Achilles Tendon Rupture, most people experience Achilles Heel Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel, an inability to bend the foot downward, Foot Pain and an inability to stand on the toes.
During the physical exam, the Orthopedic will inspect your lower leg for tenderness and swelling. Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment depends upon the severity of the injury. Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment can consist of Nonsurgical Treatment and Surgical Treatment. In the Nonsurgical Treatment, you are asked to wear a cast or walking boot to elevate the heel, which in turn, allows your torn tendon to heal. In case of a surgery, the doctor makes in incision in the back of your lower leg and stitches the torn tendon together.
After Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment, you'll go through a rehabilitation program involving physical therapy exercises to strengthen your leg muscles and Achilles Tendon. Most people return to their former level of activity within four to six months.
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