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ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE
The biggest and largest tendon in the body is called the Achilles tendon. It connects calf muscles to the heel bone which is used for walking, running and jumping. This rupture is most common in sportsmen. The tearing of the tendon fibers in the tendon is a rupture which will not allow it to perform its normal function. The person will not be able to run, climb stairs or stand on toes.
HOW IS ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosing an Achilles Tendon rupture involves physical examination of the lower leg by your orthopaedic. The doctor would look or swelling or tenderness. If the doctor suspects a rupture, an X-ray or MRI will help tell about the extent of rupture.
HOW IS ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE TREATED?
The treatment depends on various factors of the patient eg age, level of activity and other risk factors. A surgical treatment is recommended for complete tear and rupture however for the partial tear it could be non-surgical treatment. There are two types of surgeries open surgery and percutaneous surgery. The non-surgical treatment involves rehabilitation and short leg casts. This surgery can take 4-8 weeks to heal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Achilles Tendon rupture can be prevented by simple measures such as carefully increasing the intensity of the exercise, choosing the running surface with care, varying the exercise and strengthening of the calf muscles.