A tendon rupture is a tear in the tendon connecting bone to muscle. This foot injury is painful and prevents the foot and ankle from moving freely. An Achilles tendon rupture, the most common tendon injury among athletes and people who engage in strenuous activities, affects the tendon that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle.
Any activity that applies pressure or stress on your foot can cause a tear or rupture in your Achilles tendon. Some of these activities include running uphill or on hard surfaces, playing sports that require an abrupt change in foot movement, misuse of feet such as wearing high heels for long periods of time, and strenuous activities without proper warm-ups.
A tear in the Achilles tendon can also be linked to flat foot, also known as fallen arch or overpronation. This condition can develop when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, which may stretch or tear your muscles and tendons.
Injuries to the Achilles Tendon
An overly stressed Achilles tendon can be subject to mild or serious injuries. If the injury is mild or moderate, it may be limited to burning or stiffness.
A strain is a stretch or tear in the tissues making up a tendon or muscle. These injuries commonly occur while participating in sports.
Symptoms of Achilles tendon ruptures include the following:
Bruises, or contusions, appear when the tiny blood vessels in the skin are damaged due to trauma. They are often visible by the discoloration they cause.
Gap In The Back Of The Ankle
Tendons are long, tough cords of tissue that connect your muscles to bone. When these are dislocated from their proper place, they leave a gap in the ankle.
Inflammation is a process by which the white blood cells, and substances they produce, protect us from an infection of foreign organisms, such as bacteria.
Heel pain is pain localized in the back of the foot. Heel pain may be due to numerous conditions, including a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.
Popping Or Snapping Sensation
Popping or snapping sensation in the ankle or feet may indicate a condition called subluxation or dislocation of the tendons.
As debilitating as they can be, the good news is that minor and moderate tendon ruptures should heal on their own. A walking boot or wedge can help take pressure off the rupture until it heals. If you experience another rupture, surgery may be required. If you are unsure whether or not to seek medical help, contact us to consult with our list of experienced doctors.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Regenerative medicine involves the delivery of growth factors to injured joints and tissues to promote the healing process.
RICE protocol is a simple self-care technique used to reduce swelling, ease pain, and speed up healing of an injured muscle, tendon, or ligament.