Achilles Tendon Rupture
(Rupture, Achilles Tendon; Severely Torn Achilles Tendon)
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- Overworking an inflamed tendon
- Injury from an accident or fall
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Recent increase in activity level
- Weak or inflexible calf muscles
- Previous Achilles tendon rupture
- Involvement in sports that involve running, jumping, twisting, or lunging
- Improper footwear
- Certain medications, such as quinolone antibiotics or corticosteroids, which weaken the tendon
- Collagen vascular diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma
- Popping or snapping noise when injury occurs
- Sudden, extreme pain at the back of the heel
- Swelling near your heel
- Inability to push off from the ball of the foot
- Inability to walk on the affected leg
- Stop your activity and stay off the injured foot.
- Apply an ice pack. Place a towel between the ice pack and your skin.
- Wrap your injured foot and ankle in elastic bandaging. Do not wrap the bandage too tight. It may cut off circulation.
- Elevate your foot above the level of your heart.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)
- Prescription pain relievers
- Complete range-of-motion exercises for the legs. Ankle motion will begin when healing allows.
- Progress to strengthening and balance exercises as your condition improves
- Use crutches or a walker to protect the healing tendon
- Be advised of other exercises and activities that are safe for you
- Do warm-up exercises before an activity and cool down exercises after an activity.
- Wear proper footwear.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Rest if you feel pain during an activity.
- Change your routine. Switch between high-impact activities and low-impact activities.
- Strengthen your calf muscle with exercises.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Canadian Physiotherapy Association http://www.physiotherapy.ca
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/28/2014 -
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