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What is Achilles tendon rupture like?

What is Achilles tendon rupture like?

Awful: A full blown true rupture leaving a depression in the tendon called a dell may require surgery. An MRI will help make that decision. A partial rupture or tear may not. The latter will need immobilization, non weight bearing, rest, elevation, ice, and meds... ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Tendon Rupture (Definition)

A tendon rupture occurs when the structure of the tendon becomes discontinuous. The tendon connects a muscle to a bone allowing the contractile force of the muscle to be transmitted to the bone allowing for motion to occur. In a tendon rupture, this ...Read more


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What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

Direct trauma: 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

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How long does Achilles tendon rupture take to heal?

How long does Achilles tendon rupture take to heal?

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

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How do I know if I have an Achilles tendon rupture?

Couple of things: If it is a full rupture you can feel the gap between the torn ends of the tendon and you will have difficulty pulling your heel up from the floor. Best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture?

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture?

Severe: Pain, sweling, unable to point toes downward. Often hear or feel a loud pop. Extreme difficulty or inability to walk. ...Read more

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Who do I see about a neglected Achilles tendon rupture?

See: A board cetified foot and ankle specialist. Will need MRI to determine extent of damage and if any surgery is needed. ...Read more

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How long does Achilles tendon rupture pain usually last?

How long does Achilles tendon rupture pain usually last?

Depends: It depends if you let it heal by just immobilization or if you have surgery. Surgery will usually speed up the healing process because the tendon is repaired, but this will still take about 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does Achilles tendon rupture need to fully recover?

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

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Usually how long does it take for achilles' tendon rupture to heal?

Depends on treatment: May depend if you had surgical repair or just immobilization. 16 + weeks ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


Dr. Jason Rudolph
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Achilles Tendon Rupture (Definition)

Achilles tendon injuries are conditions affecting the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. Injuries can include soreness from overuse or ...Read more