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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can i tear my achilles tendon?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
You could: Achilles tendon rupture can result from an injury, and the degree of pain and disability depends on how extensive the tear is. Sometimes there is a palpable knot in the back or above the back of the heel, and bearing weight there is quite painful and/or difficult. See a doctor as soon as possible for a proper evaluation. Good luck!

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What happens if you tear your Achilles tendon?

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Torn achilles: You will need to have it surgically repaired. No other option. The recovery is quite lengthy in most cases. The DX is easy and a MRI is needed to delineate the extent of the tear.
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What causes one's Achilles tendon to tear?

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See below: Trauma, cortisone, week end athletes, certain systemic conditions.
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How to know if I have an Achilles tendon tear?

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See below: Clinical exam and perhaps and mri. Can be partial tear or complete tear. Complete tear is more obvious and will prevent you from walking or standing.
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What are signs that you have an Achilles tendon tear?

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What can cause a partial Achilles tendon tear?

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Many things: Usually achilles tendon tears are caused by rapid contraction of your calf muscle while your foot is being dorsiflexed. Some medical conditions and prescription drugs can weaken tendons and place you at greater risk for injury.

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