Signs and Symptoms of a Torn/Ruptured Achilles Tendon
Every time you take a step, your Achilles tendon is involved in the process. The same is true for pointing your foot downward and rising up onto your toes. The Achilles tendon connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone and overstretching that strong fibrous cord can rupture it.
Common activities like playing intense sports or recreational activities can be the cause of the Achilles tendon tear. Falling from a height or stepping in a hole can also rupture the tendon and cause you symptoms including:
- Intense pain in the calf, as if you had been kicked
- Pain and swelling near the heel
- Inability to bend your foot downward, push off of the leg while walking, or standing on the toes of your injured leg
- Popping/snapping sound at the time of injury
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it may be time to consult the Achilles tendon specialists at Rogers Foot & Ankle!
Achilles Tendon Rupture Surgery
When it comes to Achilles tendon tear treatment, there are both surgical and non-surgical methods. Deciding which route to take will depend on your age, activity level, and severity of the injury. Rest, ice application, over-the-counter pain relievers, and immobilization of the tendon can effectively repair an injured tendon.
However, severe ruptures may need more invasive surgical procedures in order to repair the Achilles tendon tear. The procedure involves an incision in the back of the lower leg and stitching of the torn tendon together. As with any surgery, there are risks of complications such as infection and nerve damage. Our specialists at Rogers Foot & Ankle will discuss your options with you and help you decide on the best course of action for your injury.
Achilles Tendon Rupture Rehabilitation
After your surgery or following your period of rest and immobilization, you will likely need rehabilitation to bring you back to your peak performance and activity level. Physical therapy exercises are designed to strengthen your leg muscles and the tendon itself. After about 4 to 6 months, most patients are able to return to their normal activities.
At Rogers Foot & Ankle, we know that each patient heals and recovers from their injuries differently, so we take time and care to ensure you are comfortable with your post-surgery rehabilitation. We give your Achilles tendon the time and attention it needs to fully recover and get you back on your feet.
We are here to help you find sure footing in life. Schedule an appointment with our experienced Achilles tendon rupture doctors.