Tendo Achilles Tendon Rupture

Tendo Achilles Tendon Rupture

A rupture of the Achilles tendon is a significant injury involving a tear or complete rupture of the Achilles tendon, the large tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures, offering comprehensive care to help patients recover and regain function in their lower limbs.

Achilles tendon ruptures commonly occur during activities that involve sudden, forceful movements such as jumping or sprinting, or due to overuse, degeneration, or weakening of the tendon over time. Individuals with tight calf muscles, poor flexibility, or previous Achilles tendon injuries may be at increased risk.

When an Achilles tendon ruptures, patients often experience a sudden, sharp pain in the back of the ankle or calf, accompanied by a popping sensation. 

Walking or bearing weight on the affected leg may become difficult or impossible, and swelling and bruising may develop around the ankle.

Diagnosis of an Achilles tendon rupture typically involves a physical examination, assessment of symptoms, and imaging studies such as ultrasound or MRI to confirm the extent of the injury and determine the best course of treatment.

Treatment of an Achilles tendon rupture depends on various factors, including the severity of the injury, the patient’s age, activity level, and overall health. Conservative treatment options may include immobilization of the ankle in a cast or walking boot, along with physical therapy to promote healing, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and improve flexibility.

In some cases, especially for younger, active individuals or those with a complete rupture, surgical intervention may be recommended to repair the torn tendon and restore function to the ankle. Surgical procedures for Achilles tendon repair may involve reattaching the torn ends of the tendon using sutures or other techniques, often with reinforcement using graft tissue or other materials to optimize healing and reduce the risk of re-rupture.

Following either conservative or surgical treatment, patients undergo a period of rehabilitation to gradually restore strength, flexibility, and function in the ankle. Physical therapy exercises, gait training, and gradual return to activities are essential components of the rehabilitation process, aimed at minimizing complications and optimizing long-term outcomes.

At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, our team of orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care to patients with Achilles tendon ruptures. We work closely with each individual to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals, with the aim of facilitating a safe and successful recovery.