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Achilles Tendon Tear: A Closer Look

Achilles tendon tear


The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone (calcaneus) to the calf muscle (gastrocnemius) and may rupture. Rupture of the tendon can occur with sudden exertion or by degeneration of the tendon. It is recommended that you seek medical care if you:


  • Hear a loud “pop” or snapping sound
  • Have the sensation of being hit hard in the back of the leg.
  • Are unable to stand on your toes, bend your foot downward, or walk normally.


Treatment for rupture (tear) of the Achilles may include surgery to repair the tendon, casting and/or physical therapy.


For more specific information, please check with your provider.


Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)