What is Achilles Rupture?
The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body. It ruptures in people typically over 30 who are “episodic” athletes or have returned to sport after some time off. It can be mistaken for an ankle sprain and is missed in up to 25% of cases.
What are the Symptoms?
People often feel like they have been hit or kicked in the back of the heel. Sometimes a pop or snap is heard. Pain behind the heel is felt and there will be weakness or difficulty walking.
What is the Treatment?
If you believe you might have ruptured your Achilles tendon it is important you are seen immediately. Certain ruptures can be treated without surgery if seen and immobilised in the right position within one week. Otherwise Achilles tendon repair is generally recommended. Surgical repair does not reduce the recovery time but brings the tendon ends together to allow healing at a close to normal tendon length, improving long term strength compared to a tendon which has healed in a lengthened position, if at all.