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What should I do if I think I ruptured my Achilles tendon?

What should I do if I think I ruptured my Achilles tendon?

Treatment

  1. Resting the tendon by using crutches.
  2. Applying ice to the area.
  3. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
  4. Keeping the ankle from moving for the first few weeks, usually with a walking boot with heel wedges or a cast, with the foot flexed down.

What would happen if the Achilles tendon rupture?

If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you might hear a pop, followed by an immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg that is likely to affect your ability to walk properly. Surgery is often performed to repair the rupture. For many people, however, nonsurgical treatment works just as well.

What happens if you rupture your Achilles tendon?

Achilles Tendon Rupture. The Achilles tendon is at the back of the heel. It can be ruptured by sudden force on the foot or ankle. If your Achilles tendon is ruptured you will be unable to stand on tiptoe and will have a flat-footed walk.

When is the peak age for Achilles tendon rupture?

The peak age for Achilles tendon rupture is 30 to 40. Sex. Achilles tendon rupture is up to five times more likely to occur in men than in women. Recreational sports. Achilles tendon injuries occur more often during sports that involve running, jumping, and sudden starts and stops — such as soccer, basketball and tennis. Steroid injections.

Are there any antibiotics that can cause an Achilles tendon rupture?

Certain antibiotic medicines may slightly increase the risk of having an Achilles tendon rupture. These are the quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin. The risk of having an Achilles tendon rupture with these antibiotics is actually very low and mainly applies if you are also taking corticosteroid medication.

Where does the Achilles tendon connect to the foot?

Two calf muscles converge to form the strong, fibrous Achilles tendon that runs down the back of the ankle and terminates at the heel bone, the calcaneus. The function of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscles to the foot.

Achilles Tendon Rupture. The Achilles tendon is at the back of the heel. It can be ruptured by sudden force on the foot or ankle. If your Achilles tendon is ruptured you will be unable to stand on tiptoe and will have a flat-footed walk.

The peak age for Achilles tendon rupture is 30 to 40. Sex. Achilles tendon rupture is up to five times more likely to occur in men than in women. Recreational sports. Achilles tendon injuries occur more often during sports that involve running, jumping, and sudden starts and stops — such as soccer, basketball and tennis. Steroid injections.

Certain antibiotic medicines may slightly increase the risk of having an Achilles tendon rupture. These are the quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin. The risk of having an Achilles tendon rupture with these antibiotics is actually very low and mainly applies if you are also taking corticosteroid medication.

What kind of cast is used for Achilles tendon rupture?

Picture 3 shows the type of casts used to treat Achilles tendon injury. Two options exist for Achilles tendon rupture, one involving surgical repair and the other a conservative treatment (allowing the tendon to heal on its own in a cast).