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Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)

Achilles Tendon Rupture Symptoms and Signs

  • A sudden and severe pain may be felt at the back of the ankle or calf -- often described as "being hit by a rock or shot" or "like someone stepped onto the back of my ankle."
  • The sound of a loud pop or snap may be reported.
  • A gap or depression may be felt and seen in the tendon about 2 inches above the heel bone.
  • Initial pain, swelling, and stiffness may be followed by bruising and weakness.
  • The pain may decrease quickly, and smaller tendons may retain the ability to point the toes. Without the Achilles tendon, though, this would be very difficult.
  • Standing on tiptoe and pushing off when walking will be impossible.
  • A complete tear is more common than a partial tear.
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