About Achilles Tendon Tears

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Achilles Tendon Tear Overview

The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heal. Achilles tendon injuries are classified as strains, partial or complete tears. Achilles tendonitis is Achilles tendon inflammation, usually from overuse. Patients who experience Achilles tendon injury symptoms should make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) foot and ankle specialist as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may make the injury and symptoms worse.

Symptoms & Causes

Athletes and active individuals, especially those who constantly run and jump, make up the patient population that experiences the most Achilles tendon injuries. Heavy lifting and falls are also common causes.

Achilles tendon injury symptoms include:

  • Bruising
  • Difficulty pointing the foot down
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

A snap or pop is usually heard when the Achilles is torn.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat Achilles tendonitis, Achilles strains and some partial Achilles tears. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA foot and ankle specialist may recommend:

  • Activity modification
  • Crutches
  • Immobilization in a cast, splint, or boot
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)

Surgery may be recommended to treat some partial tears and complete tears.  An Achilles tendon repair repairs the torn tendon.

Diagnosis:

A CONA foot and ankle specialist carefully listens to the patient’s symptoms and obtains a medical/injury history. A physical examination of the Achilles is performed. X-rays and possibly an MRI are taken. The Achilles tendon injury is diagnosed and its severity is determined. An appropriate treatment plan is prescribed to treat the injury and quickly reduce symptoms.

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with A Foot & Ankle Specialist

Please do not let Achilles tendon injury symptoms linger on. Make an appointment with a Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained CONA foot and ankle specialist so you can receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

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