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Achilles Tear

About

Achilles tears are an injury that affects the back of your lower leg. It mainly occurs in people playing recreational sports, but it can happen to anyone. The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. If you overstretch your Achilles tendon, it can tear (rupture) completely or just partially.

 

Signs and Symptoms

  • The feeling of having been kicked in the calf.
  • Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel.
  • An inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking.
  • An inability to stand on the toes of the injured leg.
  • A popping or snapping sound when the injury occurs.

Treatment Options

  • Rest.
  • Applying ice.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Keeping the ankle immobile.
  • Minimally invasive surgery.

 

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