Achilles Tendon Rupture

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The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute

Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Burbank, CA & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA

At The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute in Burbank, West LA, and Agoura Hills, CA, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendon ruptures. With years of experience in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine, the providers are dedicated to helping you recover and return to your active lifestyle. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today. 

Achilles Tendon Rupture Q & A

What is an Achilles tendon rupture?

An Achilles tendon rupture is a tear in the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is crucial for walking, running, and jumping. When it ruptures, it can significantly impact mobility and daily activities.

 

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture?

Sudden pain

Patients often describe a sharp, sudden pain in the back of the ankle or calf, sometimes compared to being kicked or struck.

Popping sound

Many people report hearing a popping or snapping sound at the time of injury.

Swelling and bruising

Swelling and bruising around the ankle and lower leg are common signs of an Achilles tendon rupture.

Difficulty walking

Walking becomes difficult or impossible, especially when trying to push off the injured leg.

Weakness

There is often a noticeable weakness in the affected leg, making it hard to stand on tiptoes.

How is an Achilles tendon rupture diagnosed?

Physical examination

During a physical examination, the doctor will assess the injury by gently feeling the area and checking for tenderness, swelling, and bruising.

Thompson test

A common diagnostic method is the Thompson test, in which the doctor squeezes the calf muscle to see if the foot moves. A lack of movement often indicates a rupture.

Imaging tests

In some cases, imaging tests like ultrasound or MRI may be used to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the injury.

How is an Achilles tendon rupture treated?

Non-surgical treatment

For less severe ruptures or for patients who are less active, non-surgical treatments like immobilization with a cast or brace may be recommended. Physical therapy follows to help restore strength and flexibility.

Surgical treatment

Surgery is often the preferred option for athletes or individuals seeking a quicker return to activity. The procedure involves stitching the torn tendon back together, followed by a period of immobilization and physical therapy.

Recovery and rehabilitation

Recovery time varies depending on the treatment method and the patient's overall health. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in regaining strength and function. Most patients can expect to return to normal activities within six months to a year.

 

The Foot and Ankle Sports Institute providers understand the impact an Achilles tendon rupture can have on your life. Their comprehensive approach to treatment and rehabilitation ensures you receive the best care possible. Contact the office by phone or online to request an appointment.