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Achilles Tendon Tear

The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and extends from the heel to the calf and provides the motion needed for walking and running. An Achilles Tendon Tear occurs when this ligament becomes torn due to overexertion or hyperextension. This is one of the more common injuries in soccer, football, basketball, baseball and other sports.

Achilles Tendon Tears often occur in athletes as a result of a hyperextension or sudden impact such as:

  • Rolling the ankle to one side
  • Stepping into a hole or uneven ground
  • Improper landing when jumping
  • Repetitive strain
  • A sudden change of direction
  • A sudden stop while running
  • Direct force to the tendon such as from a foot or helmet

If the Achilles Tendon is torn it may no longer be able to provide support while walking or during activity. If you suspect that an Achilles Tendon injury has occurred it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Continued activity on the injured tendon may exacerbate the injury and increase the severity of the injury.

Signs and symptoms of a Achilles Tendon Tear may include:

  • Hearing a “popping” sound at the moment of injury
  • Swelling within 24 hours
  • Pain at the outside or back of the hell
  • Inability to point the foot downward
  • Inability to stand on your toes of the injured leg
  • Weakness in the lower leg or foot