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I Think I Tore My Achilles Tendon, Now What Should I Do?
By Dr. Brant McCartan of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A TORN ACHILLES TENDON

The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that connects the large muscles in the calf, namely the Gastrocnemius and the Soleus muscles, to the back of your calcaneus or heel bone. These muscles, as you can imagine, are very important in ambulation as they allow your foot to push down, or plantarflex. Any damage, therefore, to this tendon can be devastating to your ability to even walk in the future.

If you did damage your Achilles tendon there are a few signs you can look out for:

  1. Feel along the back of your ankle for the Achilles tendon. This should feel like a continuous chord that connects to the calcaneus. If you feel any disruptions along this chord, along with other symptoms such as pain on walking or weakness, you may have an area of concern.
  2. Another check you can do on your own is called the “single heel rise test” in which you should try to balance while standing on your toes of the affected side only (without help from the other side).
  3. You can do these things, but it hurts when you do it! Now what?

    A partial rupture may not limit you completely, but pain during activities such as walking is a concern, because you do not want a partial rupture to become a total rupture. It would be best to seek medical advice. More advanced imaging, such as an MRI may be warranted to confirm diagnosis and guide treatment. If you have concerns, come on in and have one of us examine you, and steer you towards the next step of improvement!


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