If you experience sharp and sudden pain in your heel, accompanied by swelling and difficulty walking, you may have an Achilles tendon rupture injury. An Achilles tendon injury can be determined through a Thompson test, in which “the patient’s calf is squeeze and if the foot moves, that means the Achilles tendon is intact.” MRIs and ultrasounds can also assist in diagnosing an injury. Treatment options for an Achilles tendon injury involve either surgery or prolonged casting.
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, If you have any questions, contact Dr. Sean Sider of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.