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Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles Tendon Rupture is a condition characterized by the complete or partial tearing of Achilles tendon due to overstretching or abuse of the tendon fibres. 

What is Achilles Tendon Rupture?

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.

Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is vulnerable to injury. A rupture of the tendon is a tearing and separation of the tendon fibers so that the tendon can no longer perform its normal function.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendon Rupture

Some of the significant symptoms of Achilles tendon rupture include:

  • Severe pain in the foot
  • Swelling in foot
  • Inability  to stand
  • Popping sensation in foot

Causes of Achilles Tendon Rupture

Most frequently reported causes of Achilles tendon rupture/ tear are: sudden drop or fall from a height, stepping in a small hole, vigorous involvement in physical activities and application of stress on the foot. It is frequently observed in individuals who are actively engaged in recreational sports activities (80% of all the cases that are reported in clinical practice).The lifetime risk of developing this injury in competitive runner is anywhere between 40 to 50%.

The associated risk factors are: physiological aging (especially between 30-40 years of age), male gender, chronic abuse of steroidal injections or intake of certain antibiotics such as levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin.

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