A sudden onset of pain, weakness, and swelling along the achilles tendon could be a sign of an achilles tendon rupture. If you suspect this injury, it is important to seek urgent evaluation and treatment. Frequently, an achilles tendon rupture needs surgery to repair the tendon.
Achilles tendon rupture
A sudden onset of pain, weakness, and swelling along the achilles tendon could be a sign of an achilles tendon rupture. It is more common in competitive athletes during sprinting or jumping movements as can be seen in track and field, basketball, and soccer.
The achilles tendon can be prone to rupture during stop and go sports like tennis and basketball, futsal, softball, which are popular in Portland. Some individuals hear or feel a “pop” in the back of their leg when this injury happens
If you have experienced sudden pain along with a “pop” type of injury in your achilles area, it is important to see a sports medicine specialist for a careful history and physical paying close attention to your achilles tendon.
Initial management of an achilles tendon rupture includes Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate (RICE). Rest by using crutches and staying off the injured leg. If a complete rupture is present, surgery may be necessary especially in young active individuals.
Most individuals get back to full activity following achilles tendon rupture, but it can take several months. If you suspect this injury, it is important to seek urgent evaluation and treatment.