An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear that occurs when the tendon is stretched beyond its capacity. Forceful jumping or pivoting, or sudden accelerations of running, can overstretch the tendon and cause a tear. This is a common basketball injury, due to the high amount of forceful actions and reactions our bodies undergo while playing this great sport.
Achilles tendon ruptures are most often seen in “weekend warriors”— typically, middle-aged people participating in sports in their spare time. These individuals are typically not at top condition like some of our collegiate or professional athletes. However, we still do see these injuries in some of the greatest basketball players in the world. For example, Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon.
A person with a ruptured Achilles tendon may experience one or more of the following:
- Sudden pain (which feels like a kick or a stab) in the back of the ankle or calf—often subsiding into a dull ache
- A popping or snapping sensation
- Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and the calf
- Difficulty walking (especially upstairs or uphill) and difficulty rising up on the toes.
There are multiple treatment options for Achilles tendon ruptures. These treatment methods range from conservative casting to surgically repairing the tendon. These treatment options are typically determined based on your activity level. In our active, athletic, competitive athletes, we would recommend primary surgical repair, whereas our relatively inactive, unhealthy patients, they may benefit from conservative casting.
Are You Suffering From An Ankle Tendon Injury In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?
If you're suffering from an ankle tendon injury you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!