Achilles Tendon Ruptures: Cause, Treatment, Prognosis

April 20, 2019

Part 2

Achilles Tendon Ruptures: Signs & Symptoms

Unlike other tendon tears, the Achilles tendon has very classic and similar signs and symptoms among those suffering the injury. They include:

  • A loud noise, like a pop, snap, or bang
  • Sudden and severe pain at the back of the ankle, like being whacked or shot
  • Weakness with decreased or inability to point the foot/toes
  • Inability to stand on tip-toes or push-off or propel forward during walking
  • A palpable depression or gap ~2 inches above the heel bone
  • Pain, swelling, and bruising

Of course, we can’t put James into the “middle age” bracket, but given his history as an athlete, he may have had a history of tendinitis. We will have to ask him about that! What we do know is that the mechanism of his injury did involve a quick and powerful movement followed by a loud (the kids heard it!) and sharp pain that he described as feeling like he got whacked at the back of his ankle. Classic!

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