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Achilles Tendon Micro Tears
See a doctor: Seeing a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon would be a start. A proper examination, with possibly other studies such as ultrasound or MRI can make the diagnosis and start you on appropriate treatment. Achilles tendon ruptures can take longer to heal, or get worse without proper treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
If Achilles is torn: It is very difficult, or impossible to lift your body up on the affected side while standing on that foot only. To clarify: while holding on to the arm of a chair pick your good leg off the ground. Try to do a toe raise on the bad leg. This is usually not possible with a torn achilles. ...Read more
See a doctor: The best way to tell is to have a diagnostic ultrasound done to tell the extent of injury. ...Read more
Yes: You can have a split or longitudinal tear or a tear that does not completely disrupt the full width of the tendon. Pain, swelling, weakness in plantarflexion and sometimes a palpable dell are findings. ...Read more
When I stretch my achilles' tendon, which has tendonopathy. It feels like it is tearing! Is it tearing? It is painful! Should I stop stretching?
Stop streching: Your body, is trying to tell you something. Stop stretching. On a microscopic level, you're stretching it and/or tearing. It. Pain with or without swelling, see a orthopedist or podiatrist. Ice, rest and NSAID in meantime. ...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
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! ...Read more
What to do if I was just curious how someone can tear their Achilles tendon. It seems like it would be very difficult to do. How does it happen?
It is hard to do: It is usually due to an overstretching or direct trauma of the back of the foot. ...Read more
I'm aware you can't pull your foot downward if you tear your Achilles tendon. But can you raise it?
Yes: If u rupture your achilles' tendon completely your ability to plantar flex ('pull down' your ankle) will be minimal. (rarely an intact plantaris tendon will allow minor plantar flexion). However your ability to dorsiflex (pull back) your ankle is maintained as these tendons are not injured (tib. Anterior, edl). ...Read more
I have a partial tear in my Achilles tendon and was told to get a walking boot. Should I get a short or tall walking boot?
Tall: You need to nutralize the Calf muscle and prevent the ankle from flexing. A tall boot would be more secure and reduce play in the ankle. Also add heel lifts to lesson tension on achilles tendon. ...Read more
Had Achilles' tendon repaired for the second time. I came home with no boot or cast is unusual? It as for a partial tear.
Quite: After an Achilles repair should be necessary to protect the surgical repair ...Read more
Hi Zach! My husband is wearing knee high boot for his Achilles' tendon tear. He is getting a rash on his leg. What can he put on it? He put on a long
Friction burn....: One sign that the boot is not being secured properly is a frictional rash. Too much movement of the leg causes too much friction resulting in a rash. Apply a lotion to the area and readjust the boot, perhaps with added padding. ...Read more
What to do if I have increased heel pain following Achilles tendonitis, sore to touch, and a small lump on the heel. Do What to do if I have a tear to the Achilles tendon?
See Podiatrist: And get this examined so this can be properly evaluated, diagnosed and treated. Elevate and limit activity. ...Read more
Weak tendon sheath:
Degenerative tears in the achilles are caused by a weak sheath that covers the tendon itself. Since the sheath protects the tendon and gives it it's nourishment, if it is congenitally weaker it will create tears. This is also made worse by Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levoquin antibiotics and some statin drugs.
A syrinx is a cavity in the spinal cord (short for syringomyelia), not in the achilles. ...Read more
Pain: A full achille's tendon tear causes severe pain in the back of your leg, difficulty walking on the affected leg and possibly a "snapping" sound at the time of injury. A partial tear will cause pain and weakness in the affected leg. You need to see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
Ice: I tell my patients up to 4 times a day for about 15-20 min. Do not apply directly on skin. Wrap ice in a small towel to prevent burns. ...Read more
Ice, rest and heel l: Achilles tendons have poor blood supply. Therefore they tend to heal from injury slowly. It is important to rest the tendon. Apply ice and use a heel lift to reduce pressure on the tendon. Also use of a running shoe, with good heel support may be beneficial. If ipain does not improve, see a sports podiatrist. ...Read more