Achilles Rupture Interrupting Your Day

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Notice that the back of your heel has been really swollen and red lately? Does it throb during use or when bearing weight? Ignoring the pain might have seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but now you are in a real rut because your Achilles tendon has ruptured. The pain is unbearable and walking is next to impossible.  The tear in the tendon is proving to be too much and now it is time to see your podiatrist for some much-needed tender love and care.

What Is an Achilles Tendon Rupture?

When the Achilles tendon is stretched beyond its limits, it can rupture. A rupture is a tear or break of the tendon that can be very painful. This condition is often from overuse in traumatic and forceful situations such as jumping or running really fast all of a sudden. If you fall or trip, you can also suffer an Achilles tendon rupture.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Sudden pain
  • A popping or snapping sound or feeling
  • Swelling
  • Inability to walk
  • Inability to rise on the toes

If you suspect you ruptured your Achilles tendon you need to seek medical help immediately and employ the following emergency first aid:

  • Rest your injured foot. Don’t walk or put weight on it until it is seen by a foot doctor.
  • Ice should be applied to the area immediately. It will help to reduce inflammation and slow down pain.
  • Compress the foot with an ace bandage to prevent extreme swelling.
  • Elevating the foot can help to prevent swelling. Keep your foot above your heart.

Treatment

Treatment of an Achilles tendon rupture varies by degree of severity. If the rupture is caught early and treated promptly, simple immobilization may be enough to heal the tendon. This immobilization usually occurs in an air cast and is monitored regularly by a podiatrist to ensure proper healing. Over-the-counter pain medications may also be prescribed to help reduce swelling and manage pain.

In very severe cases, surgery may be required to help repair the tendon. If the tendon is completely torn through, a podiatrist who is also a foot surgeon can reattach the two pieces and mend them. This corrective surgery comes with risks and should be discussed thoroughly before being undertaken.

If you hurt your Achilles tendon, don’t try to bear the pain. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help get your ruptured Achilles in top shape again. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.