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Risks of an Achilles Rupture

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

When you experience a complete tear of the Achilles tendon in the ankle, it is called an Achilles rupture. The list of those most likely to have this condition can include: men over 40, athletes who play sports such as football, tennis, or rugby, women who wear high heels, athletes who consistently ignore Achilles pain, and athletes who have had a recent ankle injury, overpronate, or have a thinner Achilles tendon. Still other risk factors include being overweight, taking certain medications, or using corticosteroids. What does a ruptured Achilles tendon feel like? It reportedly feels like someone has kicked or hit you in the back of the heel. Ignoring the warning signs, such as a pain that builds gradually or the pain from another ankle injury,  increases the risk of such a tear. To avoid this occurrence, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist, who can perform a full biomechanical analysis to determine whether you may need orthotics or specific stretching and strengthening exercises. It is possible to recover from this painful event, but prevention is better.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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