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What Happens If You Tear Your Achilles Tendon
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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