As the body's largest tendon, the Achilles tendon plays a crucial role in walking, running, and jumping. However, when the tendon stretches beyond its limit, it can rupture, resulting in a partial or complete tear. This typically occurs due to a sudden and forceful movement, such as jumping, pivoting, or quick changes in direction. It can also happen during trips or falls.
Sudden and intense pain, akin to a kick or a stab in the back of the ankle or calf, can occur with an Achilles tendon rupture. This initial pain may subside into a dull ache. A popping or snapping sensation may also be felt. Swelling can occur between the heel and calf on the back of the leg. Walking becomes challenging, and it becomes difficult to rise up onto the toes.
Treating an Achilles tendon rupture involves both nonsurgical and surgical options, which may include:
- Applying ice
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Surgical Achilles tendon repair
- Using crutches
- Wearing a walking boot
The choice of treatment depends on factors such as the severity of the rupture, your overall health, and your activity level. A doctor will work with you to determine the most suitable approach for your specific needs.
By seeking timely treatment and following the guidance of our experts, you can effectively overcome the challenges posed by an Achilles tendon rupture and regain your mobility and quality of life.
Do not ignore ankle pain or a suspected Achilles tendon rupture. We recommend that you call 303.449.2730 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our sports medicine specialists at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine.