One of the longest tendons in the body, the Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. This strong and springy band of tissue withstands significant stress from jumping, running, walking, and other daily activities. However, if too much force is applied, its fibers can separate, resulting in a torn Achilles tendon. Some possible causes include falling from a height, stepping into a deep hole, or increasing the intensity of a workout routine, especially if it involves jumping.
What Are the Signs of a Torn Achilles Tendon?
If the Achilles tendon ruptures, a “popping” or “snapping” sound may be heard, immediately followed by the development of sharp pain and swelling near the heel. The pain may cause difficulty walking, an inability to bend the foot downward, and/or an inability to stand on the toes of the injured leg. Although anyone can sustain this type of injury, it is especially common among runners, dancers, and gymnasts.
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of a torn Achilles tendon. You can receive a prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment from the team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
How Is a Torn Achilles Tendon Treated?
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we offer a broad range of conservative orthopedic treatments for a torn Achilles tendon, including physical therapy, immobilization with a cast or walking boot, cold therapy, and medication. We may also suggest surgery to reduce the likelihood of re-rupture. For our patients who elect surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons provide innovative operative treatments as well.
If you would like to learn more about torn Achilles tendon injuries, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers to request an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist.