/HAVE YOU RECENTLY EXPERIENCED
AN ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE?
The Achilles Tendon is large thick tendon located behind your ankle, and is the strongest tendon of your body. The Achilles tendon is formed from two muscles in the leg called the Gastrocnemius and the Soleus muscles and insert on the back portion of the heel bone. The function of the Achilles Tendon is to control the downward motion of the foot (a term doctors call plantarflexion) or other words allow one to get on the their “tippy toes”. A properly functioning Achilles Tendon is critical for walking, running, jumping and daily activity.
An Achilles Tendon Rupture is when the Achilles Tendon is torn resulting in separation or discontinuity of the tendon, resulting in loss of tendon function.
Our surgery includes a careful incision and finding where the tendon is ruptured. At that point the rupture is repaired and the function of the Achilles is brought back to life.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. It runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Also called the heel cord, the Achilles tendon facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground.
What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?
The rupture is typically brought on during physical activities. The Achilles ruptures when there is a sudden, forceful movement of the foot downward against resistance, i.e. when you push off your foot with great force to jump. This often occurs in sports like basketball, tennis, or football.
What are Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture?
- Sharp pain in the back of the heel and inability to plantarflex the foot.
- Audible snap at the time of injury
- Difficulty walking do to pain
IS ACHILLES TENDON
SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?
Are you experiencing pain from an Achilles’ Tendon rupture, but aren’t sure if Achilles’ Tendon surgery is the right treatment for you? Tell us more about yourself and someone will get back to you to schedule your consultation. Thanks for reaching out to TRU FOOT & ANKLE®!
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