Achilles Tendon Rupture Really Hurts
One of the noises you could go your entire life not hearing is the sound your Achilles tendon makes when it tears or breaks. This tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, and it is the largest tendon in your body, so when you suffer a severe injury to this tendon, the immediate result is searing pain and immobility.
If you play sports that involve a lot of quick stops and hard starts (think basketball, tennis, soccer) then you are more susceptible to over stretching and possibly tearing your Achilles tendon. Men experience this injury much more frequently than women, and the 30-40 age group is most affected, but it can happen at practically any age.
Indications and treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture include:
A loud popping or snapping sound as the tendon is separating
Inability to walk, stand on your toes, or push off of the affected foot
It is essential to remove weight from the affected foot immediately and seek treatment ASAP. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation will help relieve pain until help can be accessed.
Ibuprofen or other pain relievers will reduce swelling and discomfort
Severe tears or breaks will require surgery to repair
A rigid boot may need to be worn while the tendon heals
How to avoid Achilles tendon injuries:
Warm up before exercise and cool down afterward
Pay extra attention to stretching your calf muscles to help limber up the tendons
Vary your workouts to decrease stress on the tendon by trying cycling and swimming
If you suspect that your Achilles tendon may be ruptured, your podiatrist can provide the best treatment. At E.J. Nemet, DPM in Twinsburg, Ohio, Dr. Nemet treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.