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What can cause a partial Achilles tendon tear?

What can cause a partial Achilles tendon tear?

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. ...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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How to know if I have an Achilles tendon tear?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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

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What are signs that you have an Achilles tendon tear?

What are signs that you have an Achilles tendon tear?

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

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How can I tell if I have a partial Achilles tendon tear?

See a doctor: The best way to tell is to have a diagnostic ultrasound done to tell the extent of injury. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a partial Achilles tendon tear? If so, what would the symptoms be?

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

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How long does the achillies tendon take to attach enough to be outta risk of tearing it from surgery.

How long does the achillies tendon take to attach enough to be outta risk of tearing it from surgery.

A good repair: Will b ready for sports after u follow the surgeon's plan in about 6 months. 6-8 wks 2 heal well and then a long rehab 2 gain motion, then strength of the muscles along with a slow introduction of walking, straight line running, then cutting, ; then jumping. I usually found this takes 6-8 months. Don't push it. Rehab of a re do takes longer ; does not do as well. Take care! ...Read more

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What antibiotic causes a tear in the achillies tendon?

What antibiotic causes a tear in the achillies tendon?

Possibly Levaquin (levofloxacin): There have been reports of a very small percentage of people taking Levaquin (levofloxacin) who have developed tendonitis and Achilles tendon tears or rupture. ...Read more

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I have two tears in my achillies tendon what is the best thing to do? I have ra

I have two tears in my achillies tendon what is the best thing to do? I have ra

Two choices: It depends on your overall status as well as the type of tear. The choices include surgery or no surgery. ...Read more

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What is more serious? An Achilles tendon rupture or an ACL tear?

Both are serious: Achilles tendon i believe is less serious because it could heal if treat it without surgery in a cast but the acl will not heal on it is own. ...Read more

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How long does it take an achilles' tendon tear to heel after surgery to fix it has been done?

How long does it take an achilles' tendon tear to heel after surgery to fix it has been done?

This would : Be variable as different patients present with different extents of the injury. Some tendons can be shredded or retracted and they will heal at a different rate then say a clean laceration. Some tears are partial, some complete so all these factors come into play. ...Read more

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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

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

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I pulled my achillies tendon. Can i ever run again?

I pulled my achillies tendon. Can i ever run again?

A careful yes: You can run again if you get proper medical attention. Your foot & ankle specialist will evaluate your injury and temporarily put you in a cast or a splint. Then order imaging studies (MRI) before discussing surgical repair if this is the case. To reattach an avulsed achilles tendon, the surgeon uses soft tissue anchors to the heel bone, w/c would allow return to full activities upon healing. ...Read more

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Is an achillies tendon just as strong after surgery?

Is an achillies tendon just as strong after surgery?

No: Achilles tendon surgery will make it better if repaired, but it rarely approaches the intact tendon in its strength and tissue quality. ...Read more

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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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What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

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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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