It is a lower extremity injury that affects the back of the leg and is most common among casual athletes, but it can strike anyone. You can tear your Achilles tendon totally or partially from overstretching it. A ruptured Achilles tendon typically causes a snapping sound and sudden, excruciating discomfort in the back of the foot and lower calf that can make it difficult to walk. In many cases, surgical correction of the rupture is necessary. A large percentage of patients, however, respond just as favorably to non-invasive therapies. If you have concerns about the health of your feet or related structures, a visit to a Podiatrist at Brownsville is in order. Doral Health and Wellness offers care for sprained ankles.
The following are symptoms that may accompany a ruptured Achilles tendon:
- Back of the knee or lower leg swelling
- Sharp, stabbing pain that travels up the inside of the lower leg before settling into a dull soreness
- Leg or ankle pain accompanied by a pop or flicking sound
- Constantly having trouble getting up on your toes, which makes walking difficult, especially on inclines
- Soft-tissue deformity at the back of the ankle can be seen
When a rupture first occurs, it can feel like someone kicked or struck you in the heel, according to some patients. A “pop” sound could be heard by those around you.
Just what triggers a rupture in this tendon?
This tendon frequently ruptures after being overstressed by a rapid motion. It is common for athletes to suffer a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sports like soccer, football, basketball, tennis, and squash are particularly dangerous because of their frequent starts, stops, and turns. Tissue tears in the Achilles tendon are not limited to athletes. If you twist your ankle, especially if you are going downstairs, you can easily tear your Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon can be weakened by some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and local steroid injections. As a result, you may be more likely to get a tear.
There are a number of things that can put you at risk of tearing your Achilles tendon, including:
Achilles tendon ruptures occur more frequently in males than in females.
Between the ages of 30 and 40 when Achilles tendon ruptures most commonly occur.
- Injections of steroids
To alleviate swelling and pain, physicians often administer steroids directly into a patient’s ankle joint. This medicine has been linked to Achilles tendon ruptures and the weakening of surrounding tendons.
Having extra weight causes the tendon to work harder.
- Competitive sports for fun
Sports like soccer, basketball, and tennis, which include a lot of running, jumping, and rapid starts and stops, are the most likely to result in an injury to this tendon.
The likelihood of this tendon rupture is raised by taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro) or levofloxacin (Levaquin).
You should consult a Podiatrist as soon as possible even if you think your rupture is minimal to rule out the possibility of future injury and start appropriate therapy. Podiatrists in Brownsville are available at Doral Health & Wellness, where they can assess patients, look through their records, and recommend a course of therapy. They maintain open communication with patients and their loved ones throughout the duration of the consultation and therapy. There is a Doral Health facility at 1797 Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. To schedule an appointment, call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit http://www.podiatristsbrooklyn.com/.