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Achilles Tendon – Tear, Rupture, Injury


It is used for walking, running and jumping. It is the largest tendon in the body, connecting calf muscle to heel bone. It is very strong, yet easily injured. β€œIt” is the Achilles tendon. Find out how to deal with an Achilles injury.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging or degeneration
  • Bone spur
  • Repetitive stress or overuse
  • Sudden increase in activity amount or intensity
  • Tight or inflexible calf muscles
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Debilitation
  • Irritation at back of heel
  • Pain along back of leg
  • Popping noise
  • Swelling along tendon

Tips & Treatment

  • Injury can occur suddenly.
  • Partial tears are common in middle- and long-distance runners.
  • Ruptures can happen to anyone but are more frequent in:
    • Middle-age athletes or weekend warriors
    • Sprinters and others participating in sports requiring bursts of activity
    • Anyone improperly prepared for sudden activity or inadequately trained

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