An injury often experienced by athletes, and anyone who plays recreational sports, is an Achilles tendon tear or rupture. The Achilles tendon is a fibrous cord that connects the muscle in the heel bone to your calf muscles. An Achilles tendon tear can be complete or partial. You may hear a loud pop, immediately followed by an excruciating pain in back of your ankle, as well as impaired walking. If you believe you have an Achilles tendon injury, make an appointment to see a foot and ankle orthopedist at Ogden Clinic.
Our orthopedic specialist will address the Achilles tendon pain and your symptoms, in order to suggest the proper course of treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
Achilles tendon injuries commonly occur when a person falls from a height, steps in a hole, or jumps while playing sports such as basketball or volleyball. To diagnose your Achilles tendon pain, the foot and ankle orthopedist will perform a physical exam to determine if the tendon has ruptured completely. They may also complement an MRI scan to fully establish the extent of the injury.
Depending on the severity of the injury, your doctor will recommend either a nonsurgical or surgical course of treatment. Nonsurgical treatment for your Achilles tendon pain includes icing the heel, taking over-the-counter pain medications, using crutches, or wearing a walking boot to prevent the ankle from moving. While the nonsurgical approach is less invasive, the chances for re-rupture and a longer recovery period are higher. If your doctor prescribes the surgical option, he/she will make an incision in the back of your heel and stitch the tendon back together. Both forms of treatment will require some form of physical therapy in order to strengthen the muscles of the leg and restore functionality to the tendon.
If you have recently endured an Achilles tendon injury, contact Ogden Clinic in Utah to make an appointment with a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist.