The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous tissue connected to the gastrocnemius muscle in the back of the lower leg. It connects to the calcaneous bone of the foot, at the heel. The muscle is important in running, jumping and cutting activities as well as simply when walking.
In an Achilles tendon rupture, the fibrous tissue is torn, typically from an overstretching or fast movement with the lower extremities. A loud popping sound may be heard, as well as severe pain in the posterior aspect of the lower leg. Swelling may also be present.
Inability to push off toes during walking
Inability to push up onto the toes
Men are more likely to have a complete rupture than women, and using steroid injections or antibiotics also increases your risk.
Treatment typically consists of surgery if a complete tear occurs. Occasionally a boot with a wedged heel may be utilized to promote healing, but re-injury is more likely if surgery is not performed.
Rehabilitation is vital and will consist of stretching the calf muscle gently to prevent a contracture, with strengthening of the lower leg and ankles.
We treat patients that have undergone an achilles tendon repair in the 34711 area!