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Achilles Tear Vs Rupture
Rapture...: A complete rupture of the achilles is a serious injury and one that would force you to seek emergency care. There are less serious, although still painful, conditions that can affect the achilles. Tendinitis, insertional tendinitis, tendinosis, partial tear.....These are all painful and become worse with activity. These can all become chronic problems. Best to have it looked at. ...Read more
Does a full-thickness tear of the Achilles Tendon mean a complete rupture? Or does it mean that there is a tear going though the entire tendon depth?
Semantics.: To me both descriptions are one in the same. There can many ways to describe the same injury, often based on personal preference and what would most easily be understood by a patient. ...Read more
There is a grading systerm that gives a grade to the type of achilles rupture you have. Why would I not be given one?
Partial or complete.: Simply stated, the tendon is either a partial tear or completely ruptured. The treatment varies, of course, on a host of factors. These factors Include, but are not limited to, severity, location, age, general health and activity levels. ...Read more
Any injury is: Possible for everyone. Are you doing something in particular that you are concerned may not be a good idea? ...Read more
Achilles tendon injuries are very catastrophic. Usually occurs when the foot is in a fixed plantargrade position and the tibia (shinbone) externally rotates rapidly, and the foot does not release from its flexed state.
Injuries for achilles tendon ruptures also take the longest to resolve, which can be from 8-20 weeks, depending on the amount and time of damage to the tendon. ...Read more
Gap and weakness:
A gap that you can feel where your achilles should be in the back of your leg/ankle (compare with normal side), and weakness during foot pushoff are signs of a possible rupture.
Normally people describe being shot in the back of the leg with an achilles rupture.
Further clinical evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will confirm your suspicion. An MRI is not usually required. ...Read more
Achilles Rupture: It depends on the rehab protocol your doctor uses. Some of the more aggressive protocols let people do sport specific exercises at around 12 weeks. ...Read more
A few things...: Most people with ruptures experience pain, swelling and inability to flex the ankle in the direction of the sole of their foot. Some will see what appears to be a bruise at the site of the rupture. If you think you ruptured your achilles tendon I recommend you see an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at: www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more
Severe: Pain, sweling, unable to point toes downward. Often hear or feel a loud pop. Extreme difficulty or inability to walk. ...Read more
About 6 months: Assuming surgical repair and 8 weeks of casting, it will likely take about 6 months but up to a year for full recovery. ...Read more
Depends on treatment:
May depend if you had surgical repair or just immobilization.
16 + weeks ...Read more
I suppose it is possible ("anything is possible") but I have never seen it to the best of my recollection
a tear of the muscle belly though is perhaps more likely ...Read more
Partial or total: If you have total rupture of achilles tendon, and have not had surgery, this will not really heal. The tendon needs to be reattached either with anchor or permanent sutures. If you have had surgery, then 12 weeks to be able to return back to daily activities. To get back to full exercise or sports, you will need a lot of rehab and longer time to heal (6 months). ...Read more
Time difference: The difference between an acute and chronic achilles tendon rupture is the amount of time that has occurred since the injury. An acute rupture is one that has just occurred. Chronic ruptures are ones that are at least 4-6 weeks old. Acute ruptures are more easily treated with surgery, but both may be treated conservatively without surgery. ...Read more
No: If the area has been treated and immobilized the pain and swelling should be receeding. ...Read more
Can MRI detect if there was an achilles rupture that healed many years ago, or would the MRI look normal?
What takes longer a severed Achilles tendon or a ruptured one? My son was in an accident where a knife fell and sliced his Achilles tendon through
I ruptured my Achilles Tendon on Monday and having an op this Wednesday, the current bandage/back plaster I have on is lose? Should I be concerned?
Achilles Tendon: Achilles Tendon ruptures can be painful. Are you having pain? It is best to see if you can tighten it the way it was. Check with your surgeon in case. ...Read more