Named after the relentless Greek warrior, Achilles tendon is a tough band of fibrosis tissue that connects your calf muscles to the heel bone, called the calcaneus. It’s the largest and the strongest tendon in the body.
The Achilles tendon pulls on the heel whenever the calf muscles flex. It allows us to stand on our toes when we’re walking, running, or jumping.
But despite its strength, much like its namesake, the Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injury due to the high tensions placed on it and its limited blood supply.
Let’s take a look at what an Achilles tendon rupture is, its symptoms, and a few risk factors.
It’s an injury to the back of your lower leg that results in a tear in your calf muscle.
The tendon connects the heel bone to the muscles at the back of your calf, and the rupture is caused when the tendon overstretches and tears—either completely or partially.
The Achilles tendon helps you walk. From allowing you to point your foot downward and push it off the ground to helping you raise your toes, the Achilles tendon is vital for your foot’s movement.
The rupture typically occurs in the section of the tendon that’s situations within 6 centimeters of the point of attachment to the heel bone. This section is especially prone to rupture because of poor blood flow, impairing its ability to heal quickly.
The rupture can be caused by a sudden increase in the stress on the tendon—like when you jump more during sports, fall from a height, or step into a hole.
Some common symptoms include:
A few factors can increase your risk of Achilles tendon.
If you’re between the age of 30 and 40, you’re more likely to rupture your Achilles tendon due to strenuous exercises and physical activity. Some sports that may increase the likelihood of the rupture include soccer, basketball, and tennis, as they involve jumping, kicking, and running.
Other than that, steroid injections into the ankle joint to reduce pain and inflammation can weaken the Achilles tendon and rupture it. In addition to that, excessive weight can put more strain on the Achilles tendon and result in a rupture.
Your sex is another risk factor. Statistics show that men are five times more likely to get an Achilles tendon rupture than women.
If you’ve heard a popping sound in your leg and are having trouble walking, you’ve likely ruptured your Achilles tendon.
Seek immediate treatment for it with Artroplastias.
Our orthopedic center offers a range of arthroplasty services, including treatment for Achilles tendon rupture. We treat various other medical conditions such as heel pain, facet arthrosis lumbar spine, and arthritis lumbar spine.
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