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A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes one's achilles tendon to tear?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See below: Trauma, cortisone, week end athletes, certain systemic conditions.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Couple of things: Direct trauma or over stretching with hyperextention.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Trauma: Most likely cause. There are medications that can cause the achilles to tear.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Cipro is one antibiotic which could cause weakening of the tendons.
Feb 10, 2013
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Overload.: A dynamic overload of the calf muscle complex, where the muscle and Achilles tendon cannot overcome the stress being placed on it, and the tendon tears.

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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 can cause a partial Achilles tendon tear?

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Can i tear my Achilles tendon?

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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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