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Achilles Tendon Ruptures in Sports Activities

Achilles tendon ruptures are a significant injury that can often affecting athletes engaged in high-impact sports like basketball, soccer, and tennis. This injury happens when the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone tears, typically during a sudden acceleration, jump, or change in direction. The rupture results in immediate pain, swelling, and an inability to push off the foot or stand on tiptoe. Risk factors include inadequate warm-up, tight calf muscles, and previous tendonitis. Early diagnosis and treatment are important and may include surgical repair for optimal recovery. Preventative measures, such as regular stretching, strengthening exercises, and wearing appropriate footwear, can reduce the risk of an Achilles tendon rupture. If you have endured this type of injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can successfully treat an Achilles tendon injury.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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