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Achilles Tendon Rupture

What is Achilles Tendon Rupture?

It is a large ropelike band of fibrous tissue in the back of the ankle connecting the powerful calf muscles to the heel bone. Sometime, it is called as the heel cord – the largest tendon in the human body. This calf muscle contract, the Achilles tendon is tightened and pulling the heel. It allows you to point your foot and stand on tiptoe. This muscle also plays a pivotal role in running, jumping, walking or doing similar other activities. If there is a complete tear through the tendon that usually occurs about 2 inches above the heel bone, the problem is called an Achilles tendon rupture.

Causes of Achilles Tendon Rupture

This type of problem occurs for the duration of recreational sports that require bursts of jumping, pivoting and running. These recreational sports are basketball, badminton, racquetball, tennis and similar other games. It can also happen due to sudden trip, stumble or fall from significant height.

Diagnose Achilles Tendon Rupture

It results in sudden pain behind the ankle that needs to be recovering soon. For diagnosing, physical examination is important to show a gap in the tendon and squeezing the calf muscle. In some cases, X-Ray and MRI Scans may be recommended for clear view.

Treatments for Achilles Tendon Rupture

Temporary treatment like taking rest, icing the area relieves pain associated with inflammation. In some cases, surgery may also required. However, consultation with orthopaedic surgeons is recommended. You can book an appointment by giving us a call.

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