The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon, connects calf muscles to the heel bone. Any activity that includes walking, running, or jumping requires the use of the Achilles. The worst-case scenario for an injury to this tendon is a tear, also known as a rupture.
What causes an Achilles Tendon Tear?
When the tendon is stressed and stretched beyond its normal limit, a partial or complete Achilles tendon rupture may occur. These injuries frequently strike middle-aged athletes who engage in high intensity sports, known commonly as “weekend warriors.”
How do you know you have an Achilles Tendon Tear?
An Achilles tendon tear causes a sudden “popping” sensation at the lower calf following an explosive athletic maneuver. Severe pain, swelling, and difficulty walking or pushing off with the foot results.
How does OSI fix an Achilles Tendon Tear?
An OSI orthopedic expert will discuss the activity you were involved in when you tore your Achilles Tendon and examine you for signs and symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear. Your OSI specialist will do one or all of the following:
- Physical exam: Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and general medical history, and then conduct a thorough examination, feeling for a tendon defect that represents an Achilles tendon tear. Range of motion and strength will be assessed.
- X-rays: X-rays can be utilized to help identify stress fractures.
With a partial tendon tear, conservative treatments include:
- Use of a cast, walking boot, or brace
- Physical therapy
For a ruptured Achilles tendon, surgery is generally reserved for younger, more active patients.