The Achilles tendon is the tough, sinuous band that connects the calf muscles to the heel. Overstretching or sudden injury can cause the tendon to tear or rupture. A ruptured Achilles tendon can be treated either non-operatively in a cast or a boot or with a surgical repair. The decision is usually influenced by the overall health, age and activity level of the patient.
What are the signs and symptoms of an achilles tendon rupture?
- Chronic and acute pain in the foot, ankle or along the back of the leg
- Restricted use or inability to stand on your toes or bend your foot to walk
- Swelling in and around the heel