Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)
Diagnosis of Achilles Tendon Rupture
- A physician usually can make this diagnosis with a good physical examination and history. X-rays usually are not taken.
- A simple test of squeezing the calf muscles while lying on your stomach should indicate if the tendon is still connected (the foot should point). This test isolates the connection between the calf muscle and tendon and eliminates other tendons that may still allow weak movement.
- A word of caution: Achilles tendon rupture is often misdiagnosed as a strain or minor tendon injury. Swelling and the continuing ability to weakly point your toes can confuse the diagnosis.
- Ultrasound and MRI are tests that can assist in difficult diagnosis. Depending on the degree of injury, these tests can also assist in determining which treatment may be best.
Christopher C Nannini, MD
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